A special type of file that references an inexistent or existing file or directory. The contents of a symbolic link consist of an arbitrary string that is the path to the file that the symbolic link points to. When the symlink is encountered during pathname resolution, the string stored by the file ...

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too many levels of symbolic links in /usr/bin — disaster?

I was recently trying to resolve an issue regarding a mismatch in the version of my java jre and java compiler, so I tried something suggested in this answer, which seemed to be relatively harmless, ...
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Copy directory tree, changing the target of absolute symbolic links

I wondered if there's an easy way to copy, scp, pipe tar, etc. host1:/base1/dir1 to host2:/base2/dir1. Other than the base directory, all the directory structure should be identical. ...
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How to create symlink USB to COM port

I need help to create the udev rule. I need my my USB printer to be located as COM1. lsusb ouput: ‍Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0fe6:811e Kontron (Industrial Computer Source / ICS Advent) Parallel ...
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Get the canonical path for a command

I'm writing a script that needs canonical path of certain commands. Since there could be symbolic links pointing to the actual commands, I use readlink -f to get the canonical path. But I'm not ...
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Full system backup with dd include symlinks

I'm really new in unix and Linux and just tried to learn something. My question is how can I make full system image/backup with dd include symlinks? Is dd good or I should use another approach? Can ...
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Is there a purpose to a symbolic link that points back to the directory containing it?

When Gogs docker installation is run it creates a symbolic link /data/git/git that points back to the parent folder: lrwxrwxrwx 1 1000 1000 9 May 13 19:37 git -> /data/git I'm ...
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How to create a symbolic link of all files in a directory using a shortened name obtained with using a piped cut on the filename

I have a directory full of libraries (*.so.0.*), and I want to use find to create a symbolic link to each file, named *.so.0. Here is a (non working) try: find $HOME/.local/lib64/ -name ...
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Getting symbolic links to behave more like shortcuts in Windows [closed]

I'm trying to launch a game from a symbolic link located on my desktop, but every time I do the game installs all its files onto my desktop. And when I try relaunching the game after moving all the ...
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Why can't I create a symbolic link in /usr/bin?

I'm trying to create a sym link in my /usr/bin directory as the command drush8 But every time I do it, it doesn't show up in /usr/bin but instead says it already exists. It's thinking that it exists ...
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How to work with symbolic links to directories

I am experimenting with symbolic links and I'm encountering a couple issues. The first is how after following a symbolic link to a directory to display the actual working directory instead of the ...
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Run a command which returns a string when reading a file [duplicate]

I have this idea and maybe it is not feasible, but I think it worth asking. Let's say a user is running this command: cat ~/file.txt Whenever something tries to read from this file, I would like ...
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Symlink - what i need to know?

I have a Website with a CMS under the folder /var/www/html/mysite My admin made a symlink once, so when you request my URL, you will be redirected to the folder mysite. I have now created a copy ...
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Debian git error: undefined symbol: __gmpn_cnd_add_n

$ sudo apt-get install git $ git clone sth Cloning into 'a-folder'... git-remote-https: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libhogweed.so.2: undefined symbol: __gmpn_cnd_add_n ...
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cron not working with commands symlinked in custom PATH

I have a script job.sh in /home/user/scripts, which is then symlinked to /home/user/bin/job. The custom binaries path has been included in .bashrc, so whenever I issue the command job param1 etc from ...
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Is there a way to not create a sym link if the folder exists

I have something like folder A and when I do ln -s A a it creates the sym linked folder a now if I repeat the command ln -s A a I get the dead link a/A Is there a way that I can have ln fail if ...
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How could I quickly find a recursive symbolic link? [duplicate]

I am experiencing an issue with a indexing program running much longer than expected. I want to rule out the possibility of a recursive symbolic link. How could I find a symbolic link that is ...
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Are symlinks in sync with the parent file all the time?

I have a log file which is having a ownership for only root. This file consists of active incoming logs & is continuously updated any time. I need to create a symlink for this file and change the ...
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Add trailing slash in bash completion of directory symbolic links

I have a symbolic link for a directory, e.g ln -s /tmp /xxx Now when I type /xx and press tab key, bash would complete the line to /xxx If I press it again it become /xxx/ Now, how can I ask bash ...
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Is it safe to make symbolic links in /root to config files in a a users home directory?

Does symlinking from /root to a configuration file in a users home directory bad practice security-wise? For example I currently have /root/.vimrc symlinked to ~/.vimrc Is it a viable attack to make ...
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Difference between symlimk and link? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a "symlink" and a "link".
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File and folder size using ls and du [duplicate]

I created a folder and copied a 992 byte jpg file in it. Then I created a hard and soft links for the file. The hard link is the same size of the file and the soft link is 8 bytes. Now when I checked ...
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Run a shell script via a symbolic link from the directory containing the script itself

My desire is not to change directory then execute. I use a jar file and need to execute that. So I made a very basic shell script to do that. #!/bin/sh java -jar TreeForm.jar Then, I saved it as ...
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Solaris tar: “symbolic link failed: Not a directory”

When unpacking a tar archive with a symlink under Solaris 10, I get this error: tar: lib/jre/: symbolic link failed: Not a directory The lib/jre symlink points to lib/jre1.8.0_46 which is in the ...
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How do I get `ls -l` output for a link recursively until reached the original file?

Let me give an example (it's just an example taken from here): $ ls -l /usr/bin/gnome-text-editor lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 35 Mar 16 2015 /usr/bin/gnome-text-editor -> ...
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Create a symbolic link in the current directory

I have got a question were I have to create a symbolic link named "new" to file /test/test1/test2. The current command I have is this: ln -s /test/test1/test2 /new I am not if there is a specific ...
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How to redirect file output to a different directory?

I have a program that regularly outputs files to a directory, let's say /a/b. I am utterly unable to change where these files are outputted. But for me to use them, I must first move them to, let's ...
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How to prevent symlink from creating within itself?

Running the following command works as expected, creating a symlink to src from include/bb: ln -sf ../src include/bb However, calling the same command again will cause an additional symlink to src ...
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Symlink not working for /opt folder

I am in the midst of installing Java on red hat machine. So I downloaded jre-1_5_0_10-linux-i586.rpm and copied it into /opt/local. Then I ran sh ./jre-1_5_0_10-linux-i586-rpm.bin and finally I ...
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Why is /bin a symbolic link to /usr/bin?

According to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard the /bin directory should contain utilities needed in single user mode. In practice, many Linux distributions make the directory a symbolic link to ...
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“Junctioned” symbolic links

Does Linux have the capability to use "junctioned" symbolic links? I'm not sure if this is an actual term or not, so let me explain the concept. I have a git repository containing all my ...
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rsync's “Read-only file system (30)” error

NB: This is a 2-part question: why does an error happen, and how to work around the error. (The two parts are related, inasmuch as the answer to the "why"-question may shed light on the ...
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How is a symlink represented in a file system vs a hard link?

I want to make sure my understanding of this is correct: Making a Hard link is created another dentry that points to the same inode Making a symlink is creating a completely new file object/inode ...
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Directing old symbolic link to a different location

Example: I created a symbolic link into my /usr/local/bin folder using sudo ln -s ~/Desktop/package/Application/tool1 sudo ln -s ~/Desktop/package/Application/tool2 … I would like to move my ...
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File -> ../../archive/folder/file restore

Hi i'm new to Linux and I need to use it temporary to set up LetsEncrypt. Once complete, I needed to move the /etc/letsencrypt/live/fullchain.pem file into the root dir but i moved the file ...
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Symlink to same directory

I've set up a ftp server for using ftp push on a tv recording page. I've created an extra user for this, who has only access to one directory, which the user is chroot-ed in. But the page does not ...
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copy and symlink mysql to another disk partition

I'm using ubuntu 12.04 and have two disk partition named: /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. my home partition and other programs are in /dev/sda. therefor any work like database benchmark on my mysql databases ...
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apache Virtual Host Configuration CentOS7

My host machine is Windows 7 and guest machine is CentOS 7. I am a new to Apache and I am trying to create VirtualHost on CentOS7. I have read a lot of documentation and a lot of answers over ...
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Bash tab completion not working within symlinked directory

I'm working with Bash 4.2.46 on RHEL7 with the bash-completion packages installed, but I seem to have found an odd corner case where tab completion doesn't seem to work as expected. I have a set of ...
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Automatically add slash when navigating through symlink

I use symlinks a lot and pretty much linked my whole home directory into a folder .other or .dotfiles. When I'm im my home directory and try to got into the folder .config/, its actually a symbolic ...
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get target file size by symlink on cifs share

in shared directory f:/dir on Win2008 absolute symlink created with mklink f:/dir/symlink2file f:/dir/file This share then mounted in Debian with mount -t cifs -o ...
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Symlink to file which does not exist yet

I'm currently trying to cleanup my home directory by moving files like .vimrc, .bash_profile, etc. to a directory .dotfiles in my home directory. The idea is to use symbolic links to these files ...
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Symlink to clean up home directory

I'm currently trying to clean up my Mac. I hate it when my home directory (~) is full with config files and stuff I don't want to see all the time (.bash_history, .bash_sessions, etc.). My idea about ...
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difference between /dir and /dir/ [duplicate]

Consider a symlink I am making to my Music directory named music. ln -s Music music now consider following sequence of commands: edward@ArchLinux:~$ readlink music Music edward@ArchLinux:~$ ...
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Can't see files in OwnCloud (Data Path set to existing directory)

I installed owncloud server on my Raspberry Pi (Jessie Lite) and got a problem seeing my files. I got three external HDDs I connected to my Raspberry. On boot I mount them to /mnt/ext1 / ext2 / ext3. ...
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Make a shortcut to a program that changes to its directory

Sorry if this seems a daft question but I'm still new to Linux. Is there an equivalent of a Windows Shortcut in Linux (as opposed to a link) The problem I have is this: I have an application that ...
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Why can't I copy symbolic links?

cp: cannot create symbolic link ‘/xyz/pdq’: Operation not permitted So, I'm trying to copy one directory to a Veracrypt encrypted USB stick. Command I used was: cp -aL /source /destination I've ...
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How can I determine last access of a symbolic link without updating it?

Over time, a once tidy directory structure is changed and extended in unanticipated ways on a needs bases. After enough years go by it becomes 'a mess'. Of course, I had nothing to do with it. :-) ...
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root cannot connect to symlinked socket of other user

I use oh-my-zsh's ssh-agent plugin to have a static symlink to my current SSH_AUTH_SOCK created. When connecting through SSH with agent forwarding enabled the file /tmp/ssh-agent-$USER-screen is ...
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Is it evil to link to a crontab?

I think about doing something like: sudo ln -s ~/myCustomCrontab /var/spool/cron/crontabs/username because I'd like to have all customized files in my home directory. Possible risks I can think of ...
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Is there anyway to create a link that acts just like a shortcut?

I have Ubuntu 14.0.4 LTS. I have the following folder on my system: /opt/JBoss_4.0.4.GA/server/default/deploy Also I have this symbolic link to that folder on my Desktop: JBoss deploy -> ...