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Answer: How do I split a string containing path+filename

by grinder (Bishop)
on May 15, 2001 at 12:34 UTC ( #80475=categorized answer: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Q&A > strings > How do I split a string containing path+filename - Answer contributed by grinder

The complement to basename that arturo forgot to mention is dirname, so your code would look like this:

$a = "/root/subroot/subsubroot/filename"; $b = dirname $a; $c = basename $a;

That said, do not get into the habit of using variables $a and $b. You are much better off giving them descriptive names, which will help your code self-document itself. A better way of writing your code would be

my $filespec = "/root/subroot/subsubroot/filename"; my $path = dirname $filespec; my $filename = basename $filespec;

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