NAMEI linux command manual

NAMEI(1)                                                           NAMEI(1)

       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 (sym-
       links, files, directories, 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 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 sym-
       bolic 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-x'.

       Roger Southwick  (

       To be discovered.

       Namei  will  follow  an  infinite  loop of symbolic links forever.  To
       escape, use SIGINT (usually ^C).

       ls(1), stat(1)

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