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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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 -> ...
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Deleting symbolic links - Logics and how to [duplicate]

First, Happny new year all here! I'm very new to UNIX\Linux and I've mistakenly created the following Symlink: sudo ln -s /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/phpmyadmin.confservice ...
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What is a symbolic link made from? Understanding the structure of symlinks

I use Ubuntu 15.10 and I'm very new in Linux. After reading in Wikipedia what is a symbolic link in general, and after executing a symlink creation command in the Ubuntu Unix-bash terminal, I ought to ...
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Symlink files to mirrored directory tree

I'm attempting to symlink files to a mirrored directory tree. Both directories (source and desired destination of symlinks) are on separate mountpoints inside a FreeBSD jail. Source directory: ...
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Connect Symbolic Link to program or script that returns a file

I wanted to know if I can make a symlink to a file say in a Database. This is a wild guess, but is it possible to intercept the link-follow say using a C function and then let function return the ...
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How can I make symbolic link to a file in /home/user/.local/share to use with Alt+F2?

I apologize if this question is too elementary or if it has been asked previously. I did try to thoroughly search for it, but it is possible that I did not use the right keywords. I have zotero (a ...
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Dereference symlinks from a path

I have path to a file /home/jcubic/www/shell/config.json where www is symlink to /domains/jcubic.pl/public_html is it posible to get path /home/jcubic/domains/jcubic.pl/public_html/shell/config.json ...
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Installing programs on a removable drive

I am planning to install some software on removable media (which will presumably always be present in the computer, though it's possible that there could be occasions where it is absent). After doing ...
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Equivalent of alias for a symbolic link?

I find myself needing to jump around a few directories in my home folder often and get tired of writing them. I would like a quicker approach, which would traditionally be a symbolic link. However, I ...
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Find all dirs/files that have symlinks pointing to them?

I am in a situation where I want to delete some cruft, but there might be some symlinks pointing to the cruft, so I don't want to delete those targets. Is there a command or some switches that will ...
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Create symbolic link recursively, if file 1.JPG exists rename it to 1A.JPG

I have a shell script for creating symbolic links of all my photos from one year. The photos are from different cameras and are in subdirectories. f=$(pwd); export f; q="2015/"; z="2015_Links/"; find ...
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Symlink all directories under base - including new directories created. Ongoing Symlink

So i understand I could probably just use CRON to do this, because I can symlink directories under base using ln -s /base/* /target But just wondering if anybody knows a way to have this ...
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Can GNU Stow use a stow directory that is a symbolic link?

Consider this script. #! /usr/bin/env bash mkdir -p target mkdir -p mydir/package/ touch mydir/package/file ln --symbolic mydir stow file stow stow --verbose --dir=./stow --target=./target package ...
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How do I create a shortcut for a script, and run it as a .desktop file?

I have installed Teamspeak onto my Ubuntu 15.10 system. Teamspeak requires a script to be ran in-order to start. How can I create a symbolic link that is a .desktop so I can open the .desktop file, ...
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Undeletable symbolic link on smbfs/simfs

During a software installation, the configure script created a symbolic link with what seems to be ln -s foo foo on a smbfs filesystem mounted with the options ...
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How to copy symlinks as symlinks from one machine to another?

Let's assume I have two identical systems. On the first system I've created a symbolic link. On the second one I want to copy that symlink via sftp and the symlink shall work the same (i.e if the ...
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How to split FHS read-only and read/write directories across two disks with Linux/systemd, without partitioning the raed/write disk?

My objective is to have the physical storage for the Linux FHS read/write directories (/home, /srv, /tmp, /var) on a separate (logical or physical) disk from the potentially read-only rest of the root ...
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Symlink as WorkingDirectory in systemd service

I have a service with WorkingDirectory=/srv/ctr/current which is a symlink. It seems the service doesn't pick up changes in the symlink when restarted. The error log reports /srv/ctr/releases/69 as ...
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update-rc.d process output to symlink file

I have a script /etc/init.d/script.sh configured with update-rc.d to run on startup, which it does ok. It contains line: python pathto/script.py >> /home/sd/log.txt 2>&1 The script ...
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Access a file in PHP through a symbolic link from a user that normally doesn't have permission

I have this website, where if the user submits a form, a python script is executed through a php page, and the python script creates a zip file and should offer it to the user for download through a ...
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How to make ls warning me about parent directory is symlink

I just found a scenario which i (or someone new to linux) might accidentally rm file because user thought it's duplicated file. Let's say i have this two binary files: [xiaobai@xiaobai note]$ ls ...
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Creating a symlink with a colon in the name on cygwin bash

I'm using bash, version 4.3.42(4)-release (i686-pc-cygwin) on cygwin. I want to create a symlink C: -> /cygdrive because a vagrant build process has that file path specified. The vagrant script has ...
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Does soft linking a directory hard link its subfiles?

Suppose I have the following configuration: Folder A file1 file2 I then create a soft link of Folder A as follows: ln -s A B so that we now have: Folder A file1 file2 Folder B ( symlink of ...
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OS X: Can `ls` show broken symlinks?

When in Linux, I enjoy having \ls -l --color=auto show broken symlinks with red text for the name of the symlink and blinking text for the missing linkee. But in OS X, \ls -lG (the closest thing I ...
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cp command which partially resolves symlinks

Is there an easy way to copy a directory recursively where symlinks to external files/directories are resolved (target file is copied), but internal symlinks (pointing to files inside the copied tree) ...
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How run Linux application from a mounted Windows disk?

I have dual-boot operating system, Ubuntu and Windows 7. The problem is I can't install some Linux application on my Linux because considering the disk space. I always regret to myself why I allocated ...
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link to an executable and remove some parameters

I currently am using Xamarin Studio, which has a bug in this version. It adds 2 parameters to an executable, which causes the output to flood with error messages, slowing down the build time from a ...
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What link should i use for home- & owncloud-data?

the plan is to built a debian-based sever with owncloud for syncing addressbooks, calendars, files etc. and also access large video-files in the LAN via webdav from some kodi-clients (maybe also use ...
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file with permission lrwxrwxrwx does not show any link on “ls -l” command

lrwxrwxrwx. 1 tomcat tomcat 27 Oct 17 00:23 work This is my file(link) I want to go inside a directory within it to rm a file and then copy the new one. But it says permission denied and does not ...
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*.desktop nor symlink works (just for this one file) - Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon

I have this desktop entry: [Desktop Entry] Name=dummy Type=Application Terminal=false Icon=/home/xyz/Software/Test/ico.png Exec= /home/xyz/Software/Test/start which is supposed to execute file ...
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Is there a method to make Multipart or Virtual Files?

Is there a method of creating a symbolic file that refers to the contents of a directory? So for example, calling: cat all_keys would give the same output as: cat keys/key1+keys/key2+etc... I've ...
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Edit Path of Sym-Link

I am curious if there is a way to set a symlink that could follow the below example format: $> /tmp/../home/usr1/dir/oldFile Specifically I want to create a file in another folder, say: $> ...
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What are these symlinks in /run/udev/watch?

I searched my computer for all the broken symlinks with the command find / -xtype l And it returned these among a few others: /run/udev/watch/9 /run/udev/watch/8 /run/udev/watch/5 ...
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Symlinking /var/lib to another partition

Sorry if this question is too similar to others, I didn't find anything that helped me. Following "best practices" I installed my debian with partitions: root, tmp, var and home. Also for the sizes I ...
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Symlinks according to directory depth

I have the following directory structure that I need to create, and while doing so, I need to also create the zip files which are symlinks. /a/2015-08-17/a.zip /a/2015-08-17/a_b/a_b.zip ...
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What does $0 hold when called via a symlink?

The $0 shell parameter holds the name of the calling program. If you make a symbolic link named my_command in your home directory to the command /usr/local/bin/command1 and you execute it by typing ...
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Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /home

I cannot access http://localhost/~user. The error message is: Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /home I do not have a /home. In my case it's: /RAID/home/*/public_html I ...
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Create symbolic link for directory, symbolic link end up inside target

I know it's been asked many times, but I followed the instruction and cannot create the link. The symlink (gradle-current) always ends up inside the target (gradle-2.7) cd ~ ln --symbolic -t ...
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A program doesn't work when invoked through a symbolic link

I have an executable paraview in the directory ~/software/Para/bin/ and I want to create a soft link in my home directory. I have tried like this but could not succeed. sudo ln -s ...
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Using ~ in symlink target or making a symlink with a variable

I would like to create a symlink to ~/foo/ but when I write that, ~ is always resolved to the absolute home path. I've used ../s in the past and they work fine, is ~ not allowed? The reason I'd like ...
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How can you group symlinks with directories in `ls` output but tell the difference?

In ls output, I'd like to group symlinks that point to directories along with the rest of the directories, but still have a way of telling that it's a symlink either with color or an appended symbol. ...
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du space more than the disk size [duplicate]

I have a disk size of 1TB. But when I do du -hx . on one of the folders it shows 1.4TB. and df -k . shows 60% full. I dont understand why is the size shown greater that disk size itself. Thanks, ...
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rsync complains about symlinks

I'm using the dry-run (-n) option of rsync to compare directories on two different systems. Everything works fine with standard files and directories. However, when I use a directory that includes ...
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Looking for POSIX utility to test whether filename is a symlink

I know that some shells at least support file test operators that detect when a filename names a symlink. Is there a POSIX utility1 that provides the same functionality? 1 I may not be using the ...
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Deleting of whole symbolic link folder when rpm -e is ran

I am currently building an rpm for RHEL 6.6. The installation of the rpm goes great the the command rpm -Uvh foo.rpm. However I run into a problem when I do the rpm -e foo command. The problem is ...
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Linux capabilities for java to resolve symbolic links

I run a java program by a non-root user. The program has to resolve a symlink to the real file name, but the link is owned by a different non-root user. I used setcap to set capabilities to open ...
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tar command - skip symlinks

I use the tar command as, tar -cvf protTests.tar protTests/* to tar all files inside the folder, protTests. But this is including the symbolic links inside the folder, which is not a desired one. ...
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How to make a symlink from /A to /B, from running in /C

If I'm currently in location C, can you make a symlink from /A to /B, from running in /C? Seems like I need to be in the dir I am creating the ln -s
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How to use ln -s to create a command line shortcut?

I have an sh file that I would like to be able to open from the terminal at any time. I would like to type "studio" into the terminal, and have android studio open I recall using ln -s to do this, ...
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Should I use hardlinks for my “sites-enabled” folder instead of softlinks?

Every article I find about web servers suggest creating a sites-available and sites-enabled directory within apache/nginx/etc. Then, using symbolic (soft) links, create a link from the available to ...