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check whether file names are valid or portable


pathchk [OPTION]... NAME...

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Diagnose invalid or unportable file names.


check for most POSIX systems


check for empty names and leading "-"


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


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 pathchk bugs to bug-coreutils[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org
GNU coreutils home page: <>
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Report pathchk translation bugs to <>

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 coreutils 'pathchk invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.


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

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