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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for readlink (redhat section 1)

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 read-
     link 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


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