Pardon the not-very-useful wild guess, but wasn't there a nice example program in some old Camel Book that would print out an output like
as it progressively resolved the symlinks in higher and higher components of a path?
I thought it might have been one of those abandoned items in the Perl source eg/ directory, but I couldn't find it there, so the Camel Book was my next guess.
Addendum: This looks kinda interesting too.
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