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readlink

print resolved symbolic links or canonical file names

- Get the actual file to which the symlink points:
readlink [filename]

- Get the absolute path to a file:
readlink -f [filename]

readlink [,OPTION/]... ,FILE/...

Print value of a symbolic link or canonical file name

-f, --canonicalize
canonicalize by following every symlink in every component of the given name recursively; all but the last component must exist
-e, --canonicalize-existing
canonicalize by following every symlink in every component of the given name recursively, all components must exist
-m, --canonicalize-missing
canonicalize by following every symlink in every component of the given name recursively, without requirements on components existence
-n, --no-newline
do not output the trailing delimiter
-q, --quiet,
-s, --silent
suppress most error messages (on by default)
-v, --verbose
report error messages
-z, --zero
end each output line with NUL, not newline
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

Written by Dmitry V. Levin.

GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/> Report readlink translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

Copyright © 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

readlink(2), realpath(1), realpath(3)

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/readlink> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) readlink invocation'

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