readlink

print resolved symbolic links or canonical file names

TLDR

Get the actual file to which the symlink points

>_ readlink [filename]
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Get the absolute path to a file

>_ readlink -f [filename]
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SYNOPSIS

readlink [ OPTION ]... FILE ...

DESCRIPTION

Note realpath(1) is the preferred command to use for canonicalization functionality.

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

REPORTING BUGS

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

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2019 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://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.

SEE ALSO

readlink(2), realpath(1), realpath(3) Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/readlink> or available locally via: info readlink invocation

AUTHOR

Written by Dmitry V. Levin.

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