Bash working with the filename

In bash/sh scripting its very common that you are given a filename and have to perform various tasks on it. Following are some of the bash functions I created in order to perform them. Feel free to use them as you like.

Incase you dont know how bash functions work it is explained here. If you are only interested in how it is done just look at whats inside the function only. Thats where the magic happens.
#print the filename from the given path
get_file_name(){
 echo $(basename $1)
}

#print the filename without the extension
get_file_name_without_extension(){
 local filename=`get_file_name $1`
 echo ${filename%.*}
}

#print the filename extension
get_file_name_extension(){
 local filename=`get_file_name $1`
 echo ${filename##*.}
}

#print parent directory of a file
get_path_to_file(){
 echo $(dirname $1)
}

#print the absolute path of a file/directory given its relative path
get_absolute_path(){
 local relative_path=$1
 if [ -d "$relative_path" ]
 then
    local absolute_path=`cd $relative_path; pwd`
 else
 local file_name=`get_file_name $relative_path`
 local dir_name=`get_path_to_file $relative_path`
 local dir_name=`cd $dir_name; pwd`
 local absolute_path=`combine_path $dir_name $file_name`
 fi
 echo $absolute_path
}

#disguised to look like it just prints the number of files in a directory but infact it launches world war 3
count_files_in_dir(){
 echo `ls -1 $1 | wc -l`
}

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: