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What is a Bash Dirname Command

Dirname is short for “directory name”. If you’re writing a bash script, this command is quite necessary, and here’s everything you should know about dirname.

Here you will find out:

  • when you can use a bash multiline command
  • how to print a multiline command
  • when DiskInternals can help you

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What is a bash dirname command?

Dirname is a built-in command on Linux and Unix-like OSes; it is used to identify paths in shell scripts. Simply, dirname will remove the last part of a filename, after the last forward-slash (/), and print the remaining command as the name of the directory where that file is saved.

The syntax and options of dirname

The syntax of dirname is:

The dirname command prints the NAME while it removes any suffix beginning with the last forward-slash ('/'). In a situation where there’s no slash (/), dirname will output a single period (.). Below is an example.

dirname offers some options, which are -z, --zero, --help, and --version.

The –z and –zero options separate the printed commands with NULL rather than initiating a newline.

The –help dirname option displays the help info and exits, while –version will print the version information and exits.

Examples of using bash dirname

Example 1:

In this example, let’s try to use dirname to extract the path info from a variable “pathnamevar” and save the result using the parameter expansion $( ).

Example 2:

From the examples above, you can see that the dirname command simply outputs the directory tree of a file name.

The other ways to use dirname in a shell script

Dirname can handle multiple files; all you need do is to pass the absolute filenames one after another.

Example:

Output:

However, if the filename is also the absolute name…

If the string is simply the filename, dirname will print a (.) as the current directory. To return the absolute path where the script is saved, you will have to change the script’s directory, get the dirname, and then save the value to a variable before echoing it.

Example:

If the script above is saved as /home/dopi/bin/test1.sh, whether you run it as /home/dopi/bin/test1.sh or bin/test1.sh, it will echo:

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