I'm looking for a simple command that can be used within Bash to find the absolute and canonicalized path to a file on an OS X (similar to ``readlink -f'` under Linux).
The following sample bash session describes a [fictitious] utility called ``abspath'` that exhibits the desired behavior:
$ pwd /Users/guyfleegman $ ls -lR drwxr-xr-x 4 guyfleegman crew 136 Oct 30 02:09 foo ./foo: -rw-r--r-- 1 guyfleegman crew 0 Oct 30 02:07 bar.txt lrwxr-xr-x 1 guyfleegman crew 7 Oct 30 02:09 baz.txt -> bar.txt $ abspath . /Users/guyfleegman $ abspath foo /Users/guyfleegman/foo $ abspath ./foo/bar.txt /Users/guyfleegman/foo/bar.txt $ abspath foo/baz.txt /Users/guyfleegman/foo/baz.txt
As with the last invocation of ``abspath'` in the above example, I'd prefer it didn't automatically resolve symlinks, but I'm not going to be too picky here.