basename


SYNOPSIS
       #include <libgen.h>

       char *dirname(char *path);

       char *basename(char *path);

DESCRIPTION
       Warning: there are two different functions basename() - see below.

       The functions dirname() and basename() break a null-terminated pathname
       string into directory and filename  components.   In  the  usual  case,
       dirname()  returns  the string up to, but not including, the final '/',
       and basename() returns the component following the final '/'.  Trailing
       '/' characters are not counted as part of the pathname.

       If  path  does  not  contain  a slash, dirname() returns the string "."
       while basename() returns a copy of path.  If path is  the  string  "/",
       then both dirname() and basename() return the string "/".  If path is a
       NULL pointer or points to an empty  string,  then  both  dirname()  and
       basename() return the string ".".

       Concatenating  the  string returned by dirname(), a "/", and the string
       returned by basename() yields a complete pathname.

       Both dirname() and basename() may modify the contents of  path,  so  it
       may be desirable to pass a copy when calling one of these functions.

       These  functions  may  return  pointers  to statically allocated memory
       which may be overwritten by subsequent calls.  Alternatively, they  may
       return  a  pointer to some part of path, so that the string referred to
       by path should not be modified or freed until the pointer  returned  by
       the function is no longer required.

       The  following  list  of  examples (taken from SUSv2) shows the strings
       returned by dirname() and basename() for different paths:

       path         dirname    basename
       "/usr/lib"    "/usr"    "lib"
       "/usr/"       "/"       "usr"
       "usr"         "."       "usr"
       "/"           "/"       "/"
       "."           "."       "."
       ".."          "."       ".."

RETURN VALUE
       Both  dirname()  and  basename()  return  pointers  to  null-terminated
       strings.  (Do not pass these pointers to free(3).)

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001.

NOTES

BUGS
       In  the  glibc  implementation of the POSIX versions of these functions
       they modify their argument, and segfault  when  called  with  a  static
       string  like  "/usr/".   Before  glibc  2.2.1,  the  glibc  version  of
       dirname() did not correctly handle pathnames with trailing '/'  charac-
       ters, and generated a segfault if given a NULL argument.

EXAMPLE
           char *dirc, *basec, *bname, *dname;
           char *path = "/etc/passwd";

           dirc = strdup(path);
           basec = strdup(path);
           dname = dirname(dirc);
           bname = basename(basec);
           printf("dirname=%s, basename=%s\n", dname, bname);

SEE ALSO
       basename(1), dirname(1)

COLOPHON
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