readlink (1)

Quick Reference

Follow symlinks and get symlink information.

  • Get the actual file to which the symlink points:

readlink {{filename}}

  • Get the absolute path to a file:

readlink -f {{filename}}

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 readlink translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

SEE ALSO

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

Information

Source
Coreutils
OS/version
GNU coreutils 8.29.13-0a854
Source updated
December 2, 2018
Page created
February 9, 2018
Page generated
December 2, 2018