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namei [options] 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
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
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.
Use a long listing format (same as -m -o -v).
Show the mode bits of each file type in the style of ls(1), for
Show owner and group name of each file.
Don't follow symlinks.
Vertical align of modes and owners.
Show mount point directories with a 'D', rather than a 'd'.
The original namei program was written by Roger Southwick