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basename - strip directory and suffix from filenames


basename NAME [SUFFIX]
basename OPTION


Print NAME with any leading directory components removed. If specified, also remove a trailing SUFFIX.

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


basename /usr/bin/sort
Output “sort".

basename include/stdio.h .h
Output “stdio".


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Reporting Bugs

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Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also

The full documentation for basename is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and basename programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info basename

should give you access to the complete manual.

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