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namei - follow a pathname until a terminal point is found
namei [-mx] pathname [ 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 a terminal point is found (a
file, directory, char device, etc). If it finds a symbolic link, we show the link, and
start following it, indenting the output to show the context.
This program is useful for finding a "too many levels of symbolic links" problems.
For each line output, namei outputs a the following characters to identify the file types
f: = the pathname we are currently trying to resolve
d = directory
l = symbolic link (both the link and it's contents are output)
s = socket
b = block device
c = character device
- = 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.
-x Show mount point directories with a 'D', rather than a 'd'.
-m Show the mode bits of each file type in the style of ls(1), for example 'rwxr-xr-
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Namei will follow an infinite loop of symbolic links forever. To escape, use SIGINT (usu-
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