How to get name of parent?

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  10 October 2012
How to get name of parent?

Lets say I do `ls -sl -tail 1` to get the last selected object and I now want to get the name of the group it's parented under - what command would I use for that? Neither "ls" nor "select" seem to have any flag for traversing up in the hierchy to select the parent.
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Last edited by DeadlyNightshade : 10 October 2012 at 07:30 AM.
 
  10 October 2012
pickWalk -d up
is what you are looking for.
Check the manual for the other flags
 
  10 October 2012
I think you can use the rootOf() command.

string $get[] = `ls -sl`;
string $root = rootOf($get[0]);

print $root

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D'oh, or the pickWalk command. Someone beat me too it
 
  10 October 2012
don't ever use the pickWalk command to do something like this in a script. It relies on selections and is designed as an "action/operation" command so has bulky overheads.

If you want any hierarchy information (parents and children) use the listRelatives command.
 
  10 October 2012
Okay thanks guys.

listRelatives -parent; does the trick
rootOf is also a very handy command, but just as it's name suggest, it does not move up one step in the hierchy but blasts past everything and gets the root.
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