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NAMEI(1)						      General Commands Manual							  NAMEI(1)

NAME
namei - follow a pathname until a terminal point is found
SYNOPSIS
namei [-mx] pathname [ pathname ... ]
DESCRIPTION
Namei uses its arguments as pathnames to any type of Unix file (symlinks, files, directories, and so forth). Namei then follows each path- name until a terminal point is found (a file, directory, char device, etc). If it finds a symbolic link, we show the link, and start fol- lowing 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 found: 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.
OPTIONS
-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-x'.
AUTHOR
Roger Southwick (rogers@amadeus.wr.tek.com)
BUGS
To be discovered.
CAVEATS
Namei will follow an infinite loop of symbolic links forever. To escape, use SIGINT (usually ^C).
SEE ALSO
ls(1), stat(1) Local NAMEI(1)