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NAMEI(1)				  User Commands 				 NAMEI(1)

       namei - follow a pathname until a terminal point is found

       namei [options] pathname...

       namei  uses its arguments as pathnames to any type of Unix file (symlinks, files, directo-
       ries, and so forth).  namei then follows each pathname until an endpoint is found (a file,
       a  directory,  a  device  node, etc).  If it finds a symbolic link, it shows the link, and
       starts following it, indenting the output to show the context.

       This program is useful for finding "too many levels of symbolic links" problems.

       For each line of output, namei uses the following characters to	identify  the  file  type

	  f: = the pathname currently being resolved
	   d = directory
	   l = symbolic link (both the link and its contents are output)
	   s = socket
	   b = block device
	   c = character device
	   p = FIFO (named pipe)
	   - = regular file
	   ? = an error of some kind

       namei  prints an informative message when the maximum number of symbolic links this system
       can have has been exceeded.

       -l, --long
	      Use the long listing format (same as -m -o -v).

       -m, --modes
	      Show the mode bits of each file type in the style of ls(1), for  example	'rwxr-xr-

       -o, --owners
	      Show owner and group name of each file.

       -n, --nosymlinks
	      Don't follow symlinks.

       -v, --vertical
	      Vertically align the modes and owners.

       -x, --mountpoints
	      Show mountpoint directories with a 'D' rather than a 'd'.

       -h, --help
	      Output help text and exit.

       -V, --version
	      Output version information and exit.

       The original namei program was written by Roger Southwick <rogers@amadeus.wr.tek.com>.

       The program was re-written by Karel Zak <kzak@redhat.com>.

       To be discovered.

       ls(1), stat(1)

       The  namei  command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.ker-

util-linux				    June 2011					 NAMEI(1)
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