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How do you pull out the file name from a full path in Unix ksh?

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How do you pull out the file name from a full path in Unix ksh? I only want the file name and cannot remember how I have do this in the past. Below is a sample of my code snippet. I want to preserve the original file name.

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for fn in `ls -1p $source_dir/*`
do

  IFS=":"
  outFile=$fn.san

  print "Sanitizing File:$fn"

  cat $fn | while read record

  ## Do stuff

  mv $fn to $fn.san
done

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basename $fullpath


e.g.

$ mkdir -p /tmp/a/long/path/with/some/files
$ touch /tmp/a/long/path/with/some/files/filename.txt
$ basename /tmp/a/long/path/with/some/files/filename.txt
filename.txt


( "dirname" does the opposite - i.e. just get the directory of a given file...)

i.e.

$ dirname /tmp/a/long/path/with/some/files/filename.txt
/tmp/a/long/path/with/some/files
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by:rayskelton
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This works great, thanks
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