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< cpp‎ | experimental‎ | fs
 Defined in header  path read_symlink(const path& p); path read_symlink(const path& p, error_code& ec); (filesystem TS)

If the path p refers to a symbolic link, returns a new path object which refers to the target of that symbolic link.

It is an error if p does not refer to a symbolic link.

The non-throwing overload returns an empty path on errors.

## Contents

### Parameters

 p - path to a symlink ec - out-parameter for error reporting in the non-throwing overload

### Return value

The target of the symlink (which may not necessarily exist)

### Exceptions

The overload that does not take a error_code& parameter throws filesystem_error on underlying OS API errors, constructed with p as the first argument and the OS error code as the error code argument. std::bad_alloc may be thrown if memory allocation fails. The overload taking a error_code& parameter sets it to the OS API error code if an OS API call fails, and executes ec.clear() if no errors occur. This overload has
noexcept specification:
noexcept

### Example

#include <iostream>
#include <experimental/filesystem>
namespace fs = std::experimental::filesystem;
int main()
{
// on a typical Linux system, /lib/libc.so.6 is a symlink
fs::path p = "/lib/libc.so.6";
}
"/lib/libc.so.6" -> "libc-2.12.so"