This program is useful for finding "too many levels of symbolic links" problems.
For each line of output, namei uses the following characters to identify 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'.
- -n, --nosymlinks
- Don't follow symlinks.
- -o, --owners
- Show owner and group name of each file.
- -v, --vertical
- Vertically align the modes and owners.
- -x, --mountpoints
- Show mountpoint directories with a 'D' rather than a 'd'.
- -V, --version
- Display version information and exit.
- -h, --help
- Display help text and exit.
The program was rewritten by Karel Zak <firstname.lastname@example.org>.