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dirname - strip non-directory suffix from file name


dirname NAME
dirname OPTION


Print NAME with its trailing /component removed; if NAME contains no /’s, output ‘.’ (meaning the current directory).

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


dirname /usr/bin/sort
Output “/usr/bin".

dirname stdio.h
Output “.".


Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

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 dirname is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and dirname programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info dirname

should give you access to the complete manual.

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