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BASENAME(3) NetBSD Library Functions Manual BASENAME(3)
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basename -- return the last component of a pathname
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
The basename() function takes the pathname pointed to by path and returns
a pointer to the final component of the pathname, deleting any trailing
If path consists entirely of `/' characters, basename() returns a pointer
to the string ``/''.
If path is a null pointer or points to an empty string, basename()
returns a pointer to the string ``.''.
The basename() function returns a pointer to the final component of path.
· X/Open Portability Guide Issue 4, Version 2 (``XPG4.2'')
· IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (``POSIX.1'')
If the length of the result is longer than PATH_MAX bytes (including the
terminating nul), the result will be truncated.
The basename() function returns a pointer to static storage that may be
overwritten by subsequent calls to basename(). This is not strictly a
bug; it is explicitly allowed by IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (``POSIX.1'').
NetBSD 8.1 May 10, 2008 NetBSD 8.1