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Get the full path to a file

Terminal - Get the full path to a file
readlink -e /bin/ls
2011-01-04 14:55:33
User: bashrc
Functions: readlink
Get the full path to a file

Part of coreutils - so needs no extra package...


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
realpath examplefile.txt
2009-02-04 15:41:44
User: root

Useful in scripts when the file is passed in as an argument. Eg.

filepath=$(realpath $1)
realpath -s <filename>
2011-03-02 23:40:57
User: kalaxy
Tags: PATH

Will convert relative paths into absolute paths.

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What others think

readlink is useful when searching the binary matching a process in /proc. For example :

readlink /proc/30584/exe


Comment by gerard 255 weeks and 2 days ago

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