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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

Click on any of the 687 commands below to get a description and list of available options. All links in the command summaries point to the online version of the book on Safari Bookshelf.

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readlink filereadlink option

Print the contents of the symbolic link file--that is, the name of the file to which the link points.


-f, --canonicalize

Canonicalize by recursively following symbolic links.


Print usage information and exit.

-n, --no-newline

Do not output a trailing newline.

-q, --quiet, -s, --silent

Suppress most error messages.

-v, --verbose

Print all error messages.


Print version information and exit.

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