How do I take a directory name from a given dir?

Daniel Nogradi nogradi at
Mon May 1 21:51:23 CEST 2006

> Hi,
> I am trying to write a script to backup all my company's server configs
> weekly. The script will run in a cronjob, on whatever I set it.
> The issue I am currently having isto "extract" the directory name from
> a given directory string. For example: from the string
> "/home/testuser/projects/" I need to extract the "projects" part. The
> problem is that the directory names that needs to be used will never be
> the same lenght, so as far as my (very limited) knowledge stretches,
> slicing and indicing is out of the question.
> Can anybody help me, or give me an idea of what I should look at,
> seeing as I'm seriously stuck. I only started coding at the beginnig of
> the year, and was never interested before that, so my knowlege is
> basically non-existent.

You can try this:

>>> '/home/testuser/projects/'.strip( '/' ).split( '/' )
['home', 'testuser', 'projects']

strip gets rid of the first and last / and split splits the remaining
part and puts the results into a list.

HTH :)

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