30 Input/output library [input.output]

30.10 File systems [filesystems]

30.10.21 pathname resolution [fs.def.pathres]

Pathname resolution is the operating system dependent mechanism for resolving a pathname to a particular file in a file hierarchy. There may be multiple pathnames that resolve to the same file. [Example: POSIX specifies the mechanism in section 4.11, Pathname resolution. end example]