Below is the text in question from the manuaul.
Do not dereference symbolic links, with one exception: if a command line argument specifies a symbolic link that refers to a directory, show information for that directory rather than for the link itself. This is the default behavior when no other dereferencing-related option has been specified (
Below are some commands I ran on my terminal.
$ touch myfile.txt $ ln --symbolic myfile.txt symlink_myfile $ ls --classify symlink_myfile symlink_myfile@
If the default behavior is to not dereference symbolic links unless a dereferencing-related option has been specified, then why does ls --classify produce 'symlink_myfile@'?
A dereferencing option, --classify, was specified so my symbolic link should have been dereferenced.