namei - follow a pathname until a terminal point is found


   namei [options] pathname...


   namei  interprets  its  arguments as pathnames to any type of Unix file
   (symlinks, files, directories, and so forth).  namei then follows  each
   pathname  until  an  endpoint  is  found (a file, a directory, a device
   node, etc).  If it finds a symbolic link, it shows the link, and starts
   following it, indenting the output to show the context.

   This  program is useful for finding "too many levels of symbolic links"

   For each line  of  output,  namei  uses  the  following  characters  to
   identify the file type found:

      f: = the pathname currently being resolved
       d = directory
       l = symbolic link (both the link and its contents are output)
       s = socket
       b = block device
       c = character device
       p = FIFO (named pipe)
       - = 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.


   -l, --long
          Use the long listing format (same as -m -o -v).

   -m, --modes
          Show the mode bits of each file type in the style of ls(1),  for
          example 'rwxr-xr-x'.

   -n, --nosymlinks
          Don't follow symlinks.

   -o, --owners
          Show owner and group name of each file.

   -v, --vertical
          Vertically align the modes and owners.

   -x, --mountpoints
          Show mountpoint directories with a 'D' rather than a 'd'.

   -V, --version
          Display version information and exit.

   -h, --help
          Display help text and exit.


   The   original   namei   program   was   written   by  Roger  Southwick

   The program was rewritten by Karel Zak <>.


   To be discovered.


   ls(1), stat(1)


   The namei command is part of the util-linux package  and  is  available


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