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I am using the command:

install ./prog /usr/bin

to copy the program to the /usr/bin directory. Doing this automatically installs the prog to /usr/bin/X11. Deleting from /usr/bin also automatically removes it from /usr/bin/X11. Does my Linux Mint automatically do this? What is the reason for this feature?

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This because /usr/bin/X11 is a symlink to /usr/bin (the dot at the end means the same directory as the link is in ):

$ ls -l /usr/bin/X11
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 1 May  5  2013 /usr/bin/X11 -> .

If you browse or cd to this directory, you are really just looking at /usr/bin.

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