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BASENAME(3P)            POSIX Programmer's Manual           BASENAME(3P)

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       This manual page is part of the POSIX Programmer's Manual.  The
       Linux implementation of this interface may differ (consult the
       corresponding Linux manual page for details of Linux behavior),
       or the interface may not be implemented on Linux.

NAME         top

       basename — return the last component of a pathname

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <libgen.h>

       char *basename(char *path);

DESCRIPTION         top

       The basename() function shall take the pathname pointed to by
       path and return a pointer to the final component of the pathname,
       deleting any trailing '/' characters.

       If the string pointed to by path consists entirely of the '/'
       character, basename() shall return a pointer to the string "/".
       If the string pointed to by path is exactly "//", it is
       implementation-defined whether '/' or "//" is returned.

       If path is a null pointer or points to an empty string,
       basename() shall return a pointer to the string ".".

       The basename() function may modify the string pointed to by path,
       and may return a pointer to internal storage. The returned
       pointer might be invalidated or the storage might be overwritten
       by a subsequent call to basename().  The returned pointer might
       also be invalidated if the calling thread is terminated.

       The basename() function need not be thread-safe.

RETURN VALUE         top

       The basename() function shall return a pointer to the final
       component of path.

ERRORS         top

       No errors are defined.

       The following sections are informative.

EXAMPLES         top

   Using basename()
       The following program fragment returns a pointer to the value
       lib, which is the base name of /usr/lib.

           #include <libgen.h>
           char name[] = "/usr/lib";
           char *base;

           base = basename(name);

   Sample Input and Output Strings for the basename() and dirname()
       Functions and the basename and dirname Utilities
│  basename()  │           │            │   basename   Output      Output   │
│and dirname() String   String   and dirname  Written by    Written by │
│Functions pathReturned byReturned by Utilities   basename     dirname   │
│   Argument   basename() dirname()  string OperandUtility     Utility   │
│"usr"         │"usr"      │"."         │usr           │usr              │.          │
│"usr/"        │"usr"      │"."         │usr/          │usr              │.          │
│""            │"."        │"."         │""            │. or empty string│.          │
│"/"           │"/"        │"/"         │/             │/                │/          │
│"//"          │"/" or "//"│"/" or "//" │//            │/ or //          │/ or //    │
│"///"         │"/"        │"/"         │///           │/                │/          │
│"/usr/"       │"usr"      │"/"         │/usr/         │usr              │/          │
│"/usr/lib"    │"lib"      │"/usr"      │/usr/lib      │lib              │/usr       │
│"//usr//lib//"│"lib"      │"//usr"     │//usr//lib//  │lib              │//usr      │
│"/home//dwc// │"test"     │"/home//dwc"│/home//dwc//  │test             │/home//dwc │
│test"         │           │            │test          │                 │           │

RATIONALE         top




SEE ALSO         top


       The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2017, libgen.h(0p)

       The Shell and Utilities volume of POSIX.1‐2017, basename(1p)

COPYRIGHT         top

       Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic
       form from IEEE Std 1003.1-2017, Standard for Information
       Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The
       Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, 2018 Edition, Copyright
       (C) 2018 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
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