Python os.readlink() Method

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Description

The method readlink() returns a string representing the path to which the symbolic link points. It may return an absolute or relative pathname.

Syntax

Following is the syntax for readlink() method:

os.readlink(path)

Parameters

  • path -- This is the path or symblic link for which we are going to find source of the link.

Return Value

This method return a string representing the path to which the symbolic link points.

Example

The following example shows the usage of readlink() method.

# !/usr/bin/python
import os

src = '/usr/bin/python'
dst = '/tmp/python'

# This creates a symbolic link on python in tmp directory
os.symlink(src, dst)

# Now let us use readlink to display the source of the link.
path = os.readlink( dst )
print path

Let us compile and run the above program, this will create a symblic link to /usr/bin/python and later it will read the source of the symbolic link using readlink() call. Before running this program make sure you do not have /tmp/python already available.

/usr/bin/python



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