A hard link is file system entry that associates a name with another file on a file system.

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If I hardlink to a directory, will the contents be “preserved” as if I hard-linked to every file?

I've seen people on the internet talk about using hardlinks to force files to stay on disk as a backup, even if they're deleted in their original location. Would this work for a directory too? Why or ...
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Why do hard links seem to take the same space as the originals?

Thanks to some good Q&A around here and this page, I now understand links. I see hard links refer the same inode by a different name, and copies are different "nodes, with different names. Plus ...
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Files have the same inode but they don't link to each other

I have a bash script in two places and I can't remember how I created them. they have the same inode but none of them seem to link to another. is there a hard link but should not Links count for that ...
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How to increase the link count for a directory, link count went to 0?

I have made myself land in this situation, it is a chrooted workspace on my system where I virtualize the entire file system ( so its not actual /var/log ) Is there a way that I can either delete this ...
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FS permission scenario

How can I achieve this files & folders permissions scenario: Consider these folder: Folder A: 640 root apache /var/www/A/ Folder www: 640 root apache /var/www/ and this linux user: id user1: ...
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hardlink/softlink multiple file to one file

I have many files in a folder. I want to concatenate all these files to a single file. For example cat * > final_file; But this will increase disk space and also will consume time. Is there is a way ...
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mlbackup / rsync / hard links data size

I am new to mlbackup/rsync and the concept of hard links, so I am a little confused after creating a backup data set via mlbackup. So here's the scenario: I am backing up "folder A" to "folder B". ...
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is there some kind of symbolic links that support moving or renaming the target file?

I liked this explanation of hard and soft/symbolic links: http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/22406/42226 Now the reason why I googled about soft and hard links is simply because I was organizing my ...
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Invalid cross-device link while Hardlinking in the same file system

I have /home/myuser/Desktop/rc/.netrc file that i want hardlink to /root, ie home directory of root user. When i do: ln /home/user/Destkop/rc/.netrc /root it gives the following error: ln: ...
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Incremental backup with hard links for multiple folders

Can anyone refer me to a simple backup script or program, that will backup in the following way: Incremental Rotation of X backups Backup to a mounted drive (no need for remote connections) Multiple ...
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How can I delete a hardlink to a directory?

Before I get 100s of answers that tell me it is impossible to hardlink directories in linux: yes, I know that. The file in question appeared in lost+fount after I checked the filesystem with e2fsck ...
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Why does mcedit recommend removing hardlinks when saving a file?

Whenever I use mcedit to edit a file that is hard linked somewhere and I want to save the file, the editor asks me if I want to remove the hard links. Is that common behavior on Linux or is mcedit ...
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Finding all the hard-links of a file without traversing the file system

I have seen in this page that inodes have a link counter to know how many files (read: "directory entry") point to this inode. Is there a way to know which directories contain such entries without ...
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Forcibly create directory hard link(s)?

I understand the reasoning why nearly every unix version doesn't allow hard-linking of directories (in fact HFS+ on OS X is the only one I know, but even that isn't made easy to do yourself). However, ...
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How to safely remove hard-link to home folder?

In a folder owned by my user /sites/Website there is a dir named ~. When I cd to this directory, I am redirected to ~/, my home folder. At first I thought this was a symbolic link, but doing ls ...
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`cp -al` snapshot whose hard links get directed to a new file when edited

I am trying to take snapshots of a massive folder regularly. I have read here: http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/#Incremental that cp -al takes a snapshot of a folder by simply ...
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How do I manually modify an inode?

I am using Ubuntu Linux and, just for fun, I want to create a hardlink to a directory (as seen here). Because I'm just doing this for fun, I'm not looking for any sort of pre-developed ...
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Breaking a hard-link in-place?

I am keeping my dotfiles under version control and the script deploying them creates hard links. I also use etckeeper to put my /etc under version control. Recently I have gotten warnings like this: ...
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How hardlink and softlink works in background?

I am looking for an explanation of the following: what happens in Linux when we create soft link and hardlink how are they accessible why do symlinks always display 777 permissions
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Multiple Linux or Unix Distributions, Same Home Partition or Data?

To avoid conflicts I have always installed multiple Linux and Unix distributions each with it's own home partion or directory, and in the era of 3TB hard drives this is often very practical; I also do ...
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What's the difference between a hard links and copied files?

RHEL 6 My understanding is that hard links include a copy of the original file and that I could delete a hard-linked file in one directory, and it would still exist in the other directory. If ...
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Is there a way to express: `--link` or fall back to ordinary copy in cp (from GNU coreutils)?

Is there a way to tell cp to --link (i.e. create hard links), but fall back in the case where I am attempting inter-device hardlinks? Inter-device links aren't possible and would cause cp to fail. ...
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Hardlinks in Dropbox not updated

I want to create a backup of a single .tex file. I created the hard link to the file (which is not in Dropbox directory, lets say it is A) inside Dropbox directory. I did this so because I do not want ...
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Can we use symbolic link and hard link for directories?

I know we can do that for files. What about directories? It seems that cpanel uses that a lot.
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How to diff two folders by inodes

I'm currently using a script to backup files on my computer. In a nutshell, it works like this: rsync --link-dest=$FOLDER/current $SOURCE $DESTINATION However, I think that my script may be ...
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How to `du` only the space used up by files that are not hardlinked elsewhere?

Using rsync --link-dest for space-saving snapshots, how can I figure out how much space I actually saved? Or more general: How to figure out how much space a directory uses considering only files ...
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What happens when you delete a hard link?

If you do rm myFile where myFile is a hard link, what happens?
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rsync hardlink attempt copies

I've tried setting up a script to hardlink my files to my box.com account (as it's a backup of my music library). As I want to run it automatically to sync my music across several devices, I wanted to ...
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What are inodes good for?

I wonder if storing the information about files in inodes instead of directly in the directory is worth the additional overhead. It may be well that I'm overestimating the overhead or overlooking some ...
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How to copy directories with preserving hardlinks?

How to move directories that have files in common from one to another partition ? Let's assume we have partition mounted on /mnt/X with directories sharing files with hardlinks. How to move such ...
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Dereferencing hard links

In the manual page of tar command, an option for following hard links is listed. -h, --dereference follow symlinks; archive and dump the files they point to --hard-dereference follow ...
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How to get a list all the “aliases” of a file (including of type directory) efficiently?

How can one get the list of all the aliases of a file (including of type directory) efficiently, given that a file: may have multiple hard links, multipe soft links, multi-level soft links may be ...
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How to replace a symbolic link with an equivalent hard link?

Having a (single, no batch filesystem processing needed) symlink, what a command line to use to turn it into a hard link to the same file?
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How to find all the links to a directory

When I stat a directory I get a listing that tell me there are 5 links to the directory. stat dir My question is how do I get information (names and locations) to all these 5 links?
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Purpose of hard link and soft link [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between symbolic and hard links? I've read quite a few articles regarding hard links and soft links, but I still dont understand the purpose of ...
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Hard links vs. Soft links: When would you want to use one over the other? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between symbolic and hard links? Today, my teacher talked about the differences between 'hard links' and 'soft links', but she never really ...
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Why is '.' a hard link in Unix?

I've seen many explanations for why the link count for an empty directory in Unix based OSes is 2 instead of 1. They all say that it's because of the '.' directory, which every directory has pointing ...
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Why hard links not allowed to directories in UNIX/Linux

I read in text books that UNIX/Linux doesn't allows hard links to directories but soft links do. Is it because, when we have cycles and if we create hardlinks, and after some time we delete the ...
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Why do hard links exist?

I know what hard links are, but why would I use them? What is the utility of a hard link?
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Backing up hard links (rsync)?

My question begins with: Do I actually have hard links on my disk at all (except for "." and ".." of course)? I'm not sure how I would find that out? If no, the question is already answered. If yes, ...
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What is the difference between symbolic and hard links?

When would you use one over the other?
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Is there a limit of hardlinks for one file?

Is there a limit of number of hardlinks for one file? Is it specified anywhere? What are safe limits for Linux? And what for other POSIX systems?
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Can I determine the number of sub-directories in a directory using `ls -l`?

When displaying directories using ls -l, their number of links (the second field in the output) is at least two: one for the dir name and one for . $ mkdir foo $ ls -l total 2 drwxr-xr-x 2 user ...
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filesystem for archiving

I have some complex read-only data in my file system. It contains thousands of snapshots of certain revisions of a svn repository, and the output of regression tests. Identical files between snapshots ...
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Keep tracking of symbolic links?

I use symbolic links quite often, but after moving the original file, I lose track of the symbolic link. I also use symbolic links for keeping track of some files in the same directory, but again, I ...
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Symbolic link and hard link questions

Let's say /A/B/c.sh is symbolic linked to /X/Y/c.sh. If c.sh has the command "./SOMETHING", '.' means /A/B/ or /X/Y/? How about the hard link?