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Old 02-12-2009, 06:58 AM   #1
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Find path from file alias

How can i find the real path progrmatically from an directory alias?
for eg: i have
file which actually is a alias of the real file (

so by giving path1 as input to some shell program/script, how can i find the real path (path2)
please help
Old 02-12-2009, 07:11 AM   #2
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Do you mean to say that path1 is sym link to path2?
If it is this then you can look out for ln command. Man for ln for more information.

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Old 02-12-2009, 07:15 AM   #3
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Shell provides file command to check file types. Do:
# file /home/db2inst1/sqllib/java/db2jcc.jar
and you'll get
/home/db2inst1/sqllib/java/db2jcc.jar: symbolic link to `/opt/ibm/db2/V9.1/java/db2jcc.jar'
Output can be manipulated in a script easily.


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