filename — The name of a file.


filename ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

Additional attributes:

  • class (enumeration)
    • “devicefile”
    • “directory”
    • “extension”
    • “headerfile”
    • “libraryfile”
    • “partition”
    • “symlink”
  • path


A filename is the name of a file on a local or network disk. It may be a simple name or may include a path or other elements specific to the operating system.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


Identifies the class of filename

Enumerated values:

A device


A directory


A filename extension


A header file (as for a programming language)


A library file


A partition (as of a hard disk)


A symbolic link


Specifies the path of the filename


These elements contain filename: bridgehead, caption (db.html.caption), citation, citetitle, classsynopsisinfo, computeroutput, contrib, emphasis (db.emphasis), entry, enumitemdescription, firstterm (db.firstterm), funcsynopsisinfo, glosssee, glossseealso, glossterm (db.glossterm), link, literallayout, member, meta (db.meta.content), olink, orgdiv, para, phrase (db.phrase), primary, primaryie, programlisting, quote (db.quote), refdescriptor, refentrytitle, refname, refpurpose, remark, screen, secondary, secondaryie, see, seealso, seealsoie, seeie, seg, segtitle, simpara, subtitle, synopsis, synopsisinfo, td, term, termdef, tertiary, tertiaryie, th, title, titleabbrev, tocentry, userinput.


The following elements occur in filename: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, annotation, biblioref, coref, date, emphasis (db._emphasis), firstterm (db._firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), glossterm (db._glossterm), indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlinemediaobject, link, olink, phrase (db._phrase), quote (db._quote), remark, replaceable, subscript, superscript, trademark, wordasword, xref.

See Also

Related elements: application, computeroutput, database, envar, hardware, productname, prompt, systemitem, userinput.


1 |<article xmlns=''>
  |<title>Example filename</title>
  |<para>The symbolic constants for error numbers are defined in
5 |<filename class='headerfile'>errno.h</filename> in
  |<filename class='directory'>/usr/include/sys</filename>.

The symbolic constants for error numbers are defined in errno.h in /usr/include/sys.