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DIRNAME(1)                    User Commands                   DIRNAME(1)

NAME         top

       dirname - strip last component from file name

SYNOPSIS         top

       dirname [OPTION] NAME...

DESCRIPTION         top

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

       -z, --zero
              end each output line with NUL, not newline

       --help display this help and exit

              output version information and exit

EXAMPLES         top

       dirname /usr/bin/
              -> "/usr"

       dirname dir1/str dir2/str
              -> "dir1" followed by "dir2"

       dirname stdio.h
              -> "."

AUTHOR         top

       Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS         top

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COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright © 2023 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+:
       GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute
       it.  There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO         top

       basename(1), readlink(1)

       Full documentation
       or available locally via: info '(coreutils) dirname invocation'

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GNU coreutils 9.3              April 2023                     DIRNAME(1)

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