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find . -maxdepth 1 -type l
ls -l | grep "\->"
2012-09-20 12:48:36
User: joernfranz
Functions: grep ls
Tags: readlink

Pretty lame to rely on grep and "\->"? Maybe. But it works ;)

find /was61 -type l
find /was61 -type l
find /was61 -type l
function whichpkg() { readlink -f "$(which $1)" | xargs --no-run-if-empty dpkg -S; }
2011-10-28 02:53:19
User: b_t
Functions: readlink xargs

This revision to my command (command #8851) was called for when it failed to find the parent

package of 'rlogin', which is really a deep symbolic link to /usr/bin/ssh.

This revision fixes this newfound issue, while ensuring fixes of other older issues work too.

apt-file search iostat
whichpkg () { dpkg -S $1 | egrep -w $(readlink -f "$(which $1)")$; }
2011-07-17 13:39:56
User: b_t
Functions: egrep readlink
Tags: dpkg readlink

Advanced revision to the command 8776 . This revision follows symbolic links.

The quotation-marks surrounding $(which $1) allows for graceful handling of errors ( ie. readlink does not complain incase 'which' command generates (null) output)

LATEST=`readlink /boot/vmlinuz`; OLD=`readlink /boot/vmlinuz.old`; cat /boot/grub/grub.conf | sed -i -e 's/\(Latest \[[^-]*\).*\]/\1-'"${LATEST#*-}"]'/1' -e 's/\(Old \[[^-]*\).*\]/\1-'"${OLD#*-}"]'/1' /boot/grub/grub.conf
2010-04-21 19:16:51
User: algol
Functions: cat sed

I like to label my grub boot options with the correct kernel version/build.

After building and installing a new kernel with "make install" I had to edit my grub.conf by hand.

To avoid this, I've decided to write this little command line to:

1. read the version/build part of the filename to which the kernel symlinks point

2. replace the first label lines of grub.conf

grub.conf label lines must be in this format:

Latest [{name}-{version/build}]

Old [{name}-{version/build}]

only the {version/build} part is substituted.

For instance:

title Latest [GNU/Linux-2.6.31-gentoo-r10.201003]

would turn to

title Latest [GNU/Linux-2.6.32-gentoo-r7.201004]"

\ls -1 | xargs -l readlink
2009-11-23 19:28:03
User: TeacherTiger
Functions: xargs
Tags: readlink

For those who don't have the symlinks command, you can use readlink. This command is not straightforward because readlink is very picky. The backslash in front of 'ls' means not to use an alias (e.g. color escape codes from an aliased 'ls' could mess up readlink), and the -1 (one) means to print the entries separated by newlines. xargs -l (the letter L) means to process each input separated by newlines as separate commands.