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.
Use the long listing format (same as -m -o -v).
Show the mode bits of each file type in the style of ls(1), for example 'rwxr-xr-
Show owner and group name of each file.
Don't follow symlinks.
Vertically align the modes and owners.
Show mountpoint directories with a 'D' rather than a 'd'.
Output help text and exit.
Output version information and exit.
The original namei program was written by Roger Southwick <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The program was re-written by Karel Zak <email@example.com>.
To be discovered.
The namei command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.ker-
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