The method readlink() returns a string representing the path to which the symbolic link points. It may return an absolute or relative pathname.
path -- This is the path or symblic link for which we are going to find source of the link.
# !/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.