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READLINK(1) BSD General Commands Manual READLINK(1)
readlink -- display target of symbolic link on standard output
readlink [-fn] file
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.
The readlink utility first appeared in OpenBSD.
BSD August 18, 1997 BSD
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