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Linux commands: basename

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A quick guide to the `basename` command, used to return the filename portion of a path

Suppose you have a path to a file, for example /Users/flavio/test.txt.


basename /Users/flavio/test.txt

will return the text.txt string:

If you run basename on a path string that points to a directory, you will get the last segment of the path. In this example, /Users/flavio is a directory:

The basename command works on Linux, macOS, WSL, and anywhere you have a UNIX environment

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