|DIRNAME(3)||FreeBSD Library Functions Manual||DIRNAME(3)|
NAMEdirname — extract the directory part of a pathname
SYNOPSIS#include < libgen.h>
dirname( const char *path);
DESCRIPTIONThe dirname() function is the converse of basename(3); it returns a pointer to the parent directory of the pathname pointed to by path. Any trailing ‘/’ characters are not counted as part of the directory name. If path is a null pointer, the empty string, or contains no ‘/’ characters, dirname() returns a pointer to the string “.”, signifying the current directory.
IMPLEMENTATION NOTESThe dirname() function returns a pointer to internal storage space allocated on the first call that will be overwritten by subsequent calls.
Other vendor implementations of dirname() may modify the contents of the string passed to dirname(); this should be taken into account when writing code which calls this function if portability is desired.
RETURN VALUESOn successful completion, dirname() returns a pointer to the parent directory of path.
If dirname() fails, a null pointer is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the error.
ERRORSThe following error codes may be set in errno:
- [ ENAMETOOLONG]
- The path component to be returned was larger than MAXPATHLEN.
STANDARDSThe dirname() function conforms to X/Open Portability Guide Issue 4, Version 2 (“XPG4.2”).
HISTORYThe dirname() function first appeared in OpenBSD 2.2 and FreeBSD 4.2.
|October 12, 2006||FreeBSD|