Strip directory and suffix from filenames
Syntax basename NAME [SUFFIX] basename OPTION Key --help Display help --version Output version information and exit
basename will print NAME with any leading directory components removed. If specified, it will also remove a trailing SUFFIX (typically a file extention).
Get the name of the home folder:
$ basename ~
Extract the file name from the variable pathnamevar and store in the variable result using parameter expansion $( )
$ result=$(basename "$pathnamevar")
For each of the files found in directoryA delete the matching files from directoryB:
$ for file in directoryA /*; do rm directoryB /`basename $file`; done
A script to rename file extensions:
for file in *.$1; do
mv $file 'basename $file $1'.$2
BatchRenameExt htm html
“Then I came up with this crazy idea just to walk out on the stage with no band at all and just start singing whatever came to mind. I actually fought the idea for a while because it seemed almost too radical, but it became obvious what I was supposed to be doing” ~ Bobby McFerrin
dir - Briefly list directory contents.
dirname - Convert a full pathname to just a path.
ls - List information about file(s).
Equivalent Windows command: Variable Substring