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GNU coreutils 8.32
March 2020

coreutils

The basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system

coreutils-common

coreutils common optional components

coreutils-doc

Documentation for the GNU Core Utilities

NAME

readlink - print resolved symbolic links or canonical file names

SYNOPSIS

readlink [\,OPTION\/]... \,FILE\/...

DESCRIPTION

Note realpath(1) is the preferred command to use for canonicalization functionality.
Print value of a symbolic link or canonical file name
-f, --canonicalize
canonicalize by following every symlink in every component of the given name recursively; all but the last component must exist
-e, --canonicalize-existing
canonicalize by following every symlink in every component of the given name recursively, all components must exist
-m, --canonicalize-missing
canonicalize by following every symlink in every component of the given name recursively, without requirements on components existence
-n, --no-newline
do not output the trailing delimiter
-q, --quiet
-s, --silent
suppress most error messages (on by default)
-v, --verbose
report error messages
-z, --zero end each output line with NUL, not newline
--help display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

AUTHOR

Written by Dmitry V. Levin.

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report any translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

readlink(2), realpath(1), realpath(3)
Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/readlink>
or available locally via: info \(aq(coreutils) readlink invocation\(aq
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