namei(1) -- Linux man page



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 "too many levels of symbolic links" problems.

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
    - = 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.  


Show mount point directories with a 'D', rather than a 'd'.
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)