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 iden-
       tify 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 symbolic
       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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