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READLINK(1)						    BSD General Commands Manual 					       READLINK(1)

NAME
readlink -- display target of symbolic link on standard output
SYNOPSIS
readlink [-fn] file
DESCRIPTION
The readlink utility when invoked with the pathname of a symbolic link as its argument dereferences the symbolic link and prints the name of target on standard output. If readlink is invoked with an argument other than the pathname of a symbolic link, it exits with a non-zero exit code without printing anything. The following options are available: -f Using realpath(3), canonicalize by following every symlink in every component of the given path recursively. Note that the resultant pathname might not exist, -n Do not print a trailing newline character. The readlink utility exits 0 on success or >0 if an error occurred.
SEE ALSO
readlink(2) realpath(3)
HISTORY
The readlink utility first appeared in OpenBSD.
BSD
August 18, 1997 BSD