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pathchk - check whether file names are valid or portable


pathchk [OPTION]... NAME...


Diagnose unportable constructs in NAME.

check for most POSIX systems

check for empty names and leading “-"

check for all POSIX systems (equivalent to -p -P)

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


Written by Paul Eggert, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <>.


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

info pathchk

should give you access to the complete manual.

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