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March 7th, 2013, 06:47 PM
How would I port the bashism $BASH_SOURCE to dash? This gives the directory where the executable is located independent of the path from which the shell script was invoked. No #dash IRC channel on freenode.

March 7th, 2013, 07:06 PM
Judging from the bash manpage, $BASH_SOURCE does something else. In a shell script outside of any functions $BASH_SOURCE should be identical to $0

But to get what you're describing in dash, I'd either

dirname `readlink -f $0`


abs_path=`readlink -f $0`
echo ${abs_path%/*}

or, if you're sure the script itself isn't symlinked

readlink -f ${0%/*}