I know what hard links are, but why would I use them? What is the utility of a hard link?
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 ...
When would you use one over the other?
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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 ...