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I've created a child theme basing on twenty twelve.

Since I present the content a little bit different on home and on the archive page, I'd like to know inside content-[format].php on which page the post is being rendered. Then, I can decide which image size I can present.

How can I know it?

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You can use the global $template. The following function returns the basename of the template file being used: index, archive, etc.

function get_template_name_wpse_85011()
{
    global $template;
    $filename = basename( $template, '.php' );
    return $filename;
}

And use it in your template with something like:

$templat = get_template_name_wpse_85011();
switch( $templat )
{
    case 'index':
        // do index
        break;
    case 'archive':
        // do archive
        break;
    default:
        break;
}
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