Prints aboslute paths of existing files.

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Print absolute paths of files. All paths that exist are printed.
(ie, noting softlinks and mount points can be need revealing).

realpaths(1) is a realpath(3) clone and was made due to
some realpath bugs.

unlike realpath(3), realpaths(1) does not bake or guess part of
the path: it only uses info from Linux and or libc from the
filesystem of real files. It runs about same speed though.

It's important when dealing with symlinks and mounts to use
real information.

realpath(3) has a coulple other glitches i noted however some
might be found in realpaths(1) - - but the major issue is
whether guessing is allowed.

it is NOT tested by a world of people so note it's "a beta"

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  • uncovers the trickiest symlink and mount point combinations
  • does not bake parts of the path
  • does not use system calls which guess dots or allow non-existent files
  • being doubly sure of the right and current path for your real file is nice


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