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 (symlinks, 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
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
? = an error of some kind
Namei prints an informative message when the maximum number of symbolic links this system can have has been exceeded.
Show mount point directories with a 'D', rather than a
Show the mode bits of each file type in the style of ls(1),
for example 'rwxr-xr-x'.
Roger Southwick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To be discovered.
Namei will follow an infinite loop of symbolic links
forever. To escape, use SIGINT (usually ^C).