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strip last component from file name

see also : basename - readlink


dirname [OPTION] NAME...

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dirname /usr/bin/

-> "/usr"

dirname dir1/str dir2/str

-> "dir1" followed by "dir2"

dirname stdio.h

-> "."

dirname `dirname $0`
BinPath=`dirname $0`
`dirname $0`/sbt assembly


Output each NAME with its last non-slash component and trailing slashes removed; if NAME contains no /’s, output ’.’ (meaning the current directory).
, --zero

separate output with NUL rather than newline


display this help and exit


output version information and exit


Copyright © 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

reporting bugs

Report dirname bugs to bug-coreutils[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org
GNU coreutils home page: <>
General help using GNU software: <>
Report dirname translation bugs to <>

see also

basename , readlink

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 coreutils 'dirname invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.


Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

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