Find target given a symlink

To find the target of a symbolic link i.e. the real file or directory that your symlink points to…

realpath [symlink]


readlink -f [symlink]

This can be useful in shared hosting environments where your home or html directory is a link but some program config requires a real path. E.g:

whoever@wherever ~ $ realpath public_html


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