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       namei - follow a pathname until a terminal point is found

       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	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	 iden-
       tify 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'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

       The   original	namei	program	  was	written	  by  Roger  Southwick

       The program was re-written by Karel Zak <kzak@redhat.com>.

       To be discovered.

       ls(1), stat(1)

       The namei command is part of the util-linux package  and	 is  available
       from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

util-linux			   June 2011			      NAMEI(1)