Retrieve the final URL after redirect

curl $URL -s -L -o /dev/null -w '%{url_effective}'
Sometimes it could be very useful to obtain the final URL you'll use after several redirects. (I use this command line for my automated tests to check if every redirections are ok)
Sample Output
$ curl -s -L -o /dev/null -w '%{url_effective}'

By: labynocle
2012-01-25 16:11:24

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