Return file basename on module-info name for full path modulefile

When module name is specified as a full pathname, the module-info name command used in modulefile was returning the file basename on Modules compatibility version. Starting version 4 of Modules, the full pathname is returned when module is specified this way as once loaded this module is identified by its full pathname. This recipe describes a way to get back the behavior of Modules compatibility version for the module-info name modulefile command.


Return file basename on module-info name for modules specified as full path modulefile is implemented by the use of a site-specific configuration that supersedes the definition of the module-info name command to return modulefile basename instead of full pathname.

# override 'module-info' procedure to return file basename for 'name' action
# when modulefile is specified as a full path file
rename ::module-info ::__module-info
proc module-info {what {more {}}} {
   if {$what eq {name}} {
      set name [currentModuleName]
      if {[isModuleFullPath $name]} {
         return [file tail $name]
      } else {
         return $name
   } else {
      return [__module-info $what $more]

Compatible with Modules v4.2+


Create site-specific configuration directory if it does not exist yet:

$ mkdir /usr/share/Modules/etc

Then copy there the site-specific configuration script of this recipe:

$ cp example/module-info-name-return-basename/siteconfig.tcl /usr/share/Modules/etc/


Defined location for the site-specific configuration script may vary from one installation to another. To determine the expected location for this file on your setup, check the value of the siteconfig option on Modules version 4.3 or above:

$ module config siteconfig

On older version of Modules, check the modulecmd.tcl script:

$ grep '^set g_siteconfig ' $MODULES_CMD

Usage example

With an info/name modulefile that sets an environment variable with the result of the module-info name modulefile command:

setenv MODNAME [module-info name]

Load info/name by its full pathname then check value of the environment variable set:

$ module load ./example/module-info-name-return-basename/modulefiles/info/name
$ echo $MODNAME