readlink - Man Page

print resolved symbolic links or canonical file names

Examples (TL;DR)

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

Author

Written by Dmitry V. Levin.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also

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

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

Referenced By

basename(1), dirname(1), iftab(5), mount(8), namespaces(7), readlink(2), realpath(1), unshare(2).

November 2020 GNU coreutils 8.32