- display portions of pathnames
/usr/ucb/basename string [suffix]
The basename utility deletes any prefix ending in `/' and the suffix, if present in string. It directs the result to the standard output, and is normally used inside substitution marks (` `) within shell procedures. The suffix is a string with no special significance attached to any of the characters it contains.
Example 1 Using the basename command.
This shell procedure invoked with the argument /usr/src/bin/cat.c compiles the named file and moves the output to cat in the current directory:
example% cc $1 example% mv a.out `basename $1 .c`
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: