basename -- extract the base portion of a pathname
basename(const char *path);
The basename() function returns the last component from the pathname
pointed to by path, deleting any trailing `/' characters. If path consists
entirely of `/' characters, a pointer to the string "/" is
returned. If path is a null pointer or the empty string, a pointer to
the string "." is returned.
On successful completion, basename() returns a pointer to the last component
If basename() fails, a null pointer is returned and the global variable
errno is set to indicate the error.
The following error codes may be set in errno:
[ENAMETOOLONG] The path component to be returned was larger than
The basename() function returns a pointer to internal static storage
space that will be overwritten by subsequent calls.
basename(1), dirname(1), dirname(3)
The basename() function conforms to X/Open Portability Guide Issue 4.2
The basename() function first appeared in OpenBSD 2.2 and FreeBSD 4.2.
Todd C. Miller <Todd.Miller@courtesan.com>
FreeBSD 5.2.1 August 17, 1997 FreeBSD 5.2.1 [ Back ]