A special type of file that references a file or directory.

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Find files that were not installed by the package manager

I'd like to get a list of all files in my Gentoo Linux system that were not installed by the package manager (Portage). This is because I want to keep my system as clean as possible, removing all ...
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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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Create symbolic links to files using wildcards

I want to create symlinks to multiple files: ln -s dev-*.php 's/dev-(.*\.php)/$1/' Results hoped for: site.php links to dev-site.php file.php links to dev-file.php What's the most ...
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How to copy directory structure without removing symlinks?

I need to "install" a bunch of files to another directory keeping the directory structure of the source files intact. For example, if I have ./foo/bar/baz.txt going to /var/www/localhost/webroot/ I ...
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Getting relative links between two paths

Say I have two paths: <source_path> and <target_path>. I would like my shell (zsh) to automatically find out if there is a way to represent <target_path> from <source_path> as ...
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List symlinks in current directory?

This question talks about finding directories in a current diretory. The solution is basically: ls -d */ That's great but how can I easily list symlinks? Do I have to use something like find . ...
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How to ls using the long format (-l) while still following directory symlinks?

I've noticed that ls -l doesn't only change the formatting of the output, but also how directory symlinks are handled: > ls /rmn biweekly.sh daily.sh logs ... > ls -l /rmn lrwxrwxrwx 1 root ...
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How do I copy a symbolic link?

I have a symbolic link to a file in one directory. I would like to have that same link in another directory. How do I copy a symbolic link? I tried to cp the symbolic link but this copies the file ...
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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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Symbolic links with ls, mv: forcing the functions to utilize “logical” addresses (remembering the original path)

It seems that for many basic functions operating on symbolic links, the physical path is used by default. However, cd works fine. When moving into a symbolic link, cd remembers where I came from so it ...
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How do you make samba follow symlink outside the shared path

This is ubuntu server 10.04 64 and samba 3.4.7 I have a shared directory /home/mit/share and another one /home/temp that I link into the shared one: ln -s /home/temp /home/mit/share/temp But on ...
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How to replace a symbolic link with a copy of a file it links to?

Having a (single, no batch filesystem processing needed) symlink, what a command line to use to replace it with a copy of the file it links to?
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Cannot delete broken symbolic link

I have a symbolic link formerly pointing to a Dropbox directory. I don't know what I did wrong, but apparently now it points to itself. hyper@mypi:/home/hyper/test$ ls -l total 1024 lrwxrwxrwx 1 ...
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Can non-canonicalized forms of filesystem paths be significant? (eg. “foo//bar”, “foo/./bar”, and “foo/../bar”)

I have a script for building a particular flavor of GCC cross-compiler. Throughout the script there are many paths that are not in canonical form, such as duplicate path separators (/xxx/foo//bar/yyy) ...
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Copy symlink AND where it points to using rsync

It doesn't need to be done by rsync, but it would be nice not have to write a script to do this, and rsync is very close to what I want. "rsync -a" (or -l) can preserve symlinks, and -L can ...
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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?
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Is chmod behavior wrong for symlinks?

Recently we had a problem on a Red Hat Linux box with many users: the /usr/bin/sudo binary has lost its sticky bit. Work was blocked until root user fix it (we need sudo for deploying and testing). ...
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Is it possible to “roll” a symlink to a new file without affecting any open file handles?

An application I am developing locally logs it's output to files formatted with the current timestamp such as app-%Y%m%d.log. To make it simple to be able to tail the current's day log in a terminal ...
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`cd` up the canonical path

Consider: $ pwd /home/user $ ls -l total 3604 lrwxrwxrwx 1 user user 19 Nov 27 12:11 pages -> /var/www/pages/ $ cd pages $ pwd /home/user/pages $ readlink -f . /var/www/pages $ cd .. $ readlink ...
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cd to directory of a symbolically linked file

Before I write a script, anyone know an easy way to do the following: $ pwd /foo/bar $ ls -l lrwxr-xr-x 1 username admin 48 Apr 17 2012 foo.sh -> /bar/foo.sh $ cd /bar $ ls foo.sh i.e., in ...
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Is symlink's target relative to the destination's parent directory and if so, why?

I've got the following file structure: build/ client/ –> index.js And when I try to create a symbolic link named "client" inside the build directory that refers to the client directory in the ...
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Resolving symbolic links (pwd)

Say I do the following: cd /some/path ln -s /target/path symbolic_name If then do: cd /some/path cd symbolic_name pwd I get: /some/path/symblic_name and not: /target/path Is there a way to ...
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find all symbolic links in a directory tree pointing outside that tree

I frequently move directory trees to other locations or copy their tarballs to other machines, and I would like to have a method to check whether any symlinks in a directory tree A point to locations ...
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Why is bash completion of a symlink different than a directory?

I usually do a find with an environment variable as the path when searching for source code. Recently I replaced my environment variable with a symbolic link, and it broke Bash's shell completion. ...
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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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Quicker Way to Reference a Directory?

This one is probably easy for all of you, but I have never had to deal with such a nested local set of directories. If I have a path like: /mnt/media2/Archived\ Files/_Transfer/ is there a way to ...
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Is there a command to move a file, and symlink it back to where it was?

I often find myself wanting to move a file, then create a symlink where it was. In doing this by hand I tend to twist my mind. (Esp after doing half a dozen files) Use cases: Moving all my "dot ...
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Behavior of `du` command with `-L` flag

I've noticed a strange behavior with du command when it's used with -L command line option. I'm using Slackware 14 and Coreutils 8.19. To reproduce the strange behavior, create two folders: mkdir ...
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How does linux work with symbolic links?

I mean what's going on when some process wants to read a symlink? What's going on when something changes a symlink during a read or even write process? For example: I have 2 huge, similar 100G files ...
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How does /dev/fd relate to /proc/self/fd/?

$ ls -l /dev/stdin /dev/fd/0 lrwx------ 1 tim tim 64 2011-08-07 09:53 /dev/fd/0 -> /dev/pts/2 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 2011-08-06 08:14 /dev/stdin -> /proc/self/fd/0 $ ls -l /dev/pts/2 ...
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Find all symlinks to a directory and change target to another directory

I have a bunch of symlinks in /home to files and sub-directories in /foo. I want to target the new directory, /bar. My approach was to look at all invalid symlinks and verify that they were pointing ...
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How can I edit symlinks?

My basic understanding of a symlink is as a special file, a file that contains a string path to another file. The kernel's VFS abstracts a lot of that away but is there any reason why symlinks seem to ...
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Is it possible to notify/warn that current path isn't a valid symlink anymore?

Let's say we have ./a and ./b directories. Then we create a symlink using ln -s a x and entering it cd x The pwd would be x Then in another terminal we change the x so that it pointed to b. But the ...
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Can I create a symlink that will ignore subdirectories?

I'm trying to get dropbox symlinked to the relevant folders in /home. I'd like to symlink them like this: ~/Dropbox/Pictures --> ~/Pictures ~/Dropbox/Camera Uploads --> ~/Pictures/Camera ...
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Does Windows recognize Linux's symbolic links?

I was just wondering how a Windows system handles symbolic links. My best guess is that it will not recognize them, but I'm not entirely sure. Also, what do Macs do when confronted by one?
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How do I cd up and down again with symlinks in bash?

Structure: /base/ +- somedir/ +- symlink/ -> /some_other_dir This command (in addition to my Makefiles) fails: cd /base/symlink ls ../somedir Bash complains that ../somedir does not ...
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What causes ln: //: Is a directory?

When linking a directory to root, I get this error: $ ln -s ~/inbox/ / $ ln: //: Is a directory Bash autocompletes the directory path by adding a /. I've tried escaping without success. $ ln -s ...
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Trailing slashes on symbolic links to directories

I'm trying to emulate the process of path resolution (see man page path_resolution) in unix-like systems. My OS is Linux with GNU coreutils 8.7. In order to clarify the meaning of extra trailing '/' ...
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Find incoming symlinks

In Linux, what is the best way to find all symbolic links that point to a given file (regardless of whether the symlink is relative or absolute)? I realize this will require scanning the whole ...
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How do I get 'realpath' to find my symbolic link?

I am on MacOSX using bash as my shell. I have symbolic link, created like this: ln -s /usr/bin/python python2 I have a package that uses python2 and I want to create a symbol link in my current ...
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ls -l --group-directories-first (act on symlinks as well)

ls option --group-directories-first causes directories to be listed on the top, which makes the output of ls nice and clean: ls -l --group-directories-first However, it does not act on symlinks, ...
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How to rsync a chroot without breaking symlinks?

I'd like to rsync (backup) a chroot environment from outside the chroot. For that I first make a lvm snapshot of the chroot volume and then run rsync on that. The only problem with this approach: ...
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How to make a variable symlink ? (or something similar)

How can I make a variable symlink that would point to a different location according to the current user? Is it possible? Should I use something else instead? A mount point? How? Here is the problem ...
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How to remove a directory with “Too many levels of symlinks”

I have a bit of an odd problem on a RHEL system. On our systems we have our home directory automounted under /export/home. There are a few exceptions, as I'm experimenting with using gluster for our ...
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Advantage of symlinks over Windows style shortcuts

When I mainly used Windows, to make a shortcut, I could use a regular file detailing where it linked to, with the extension .lnk or .url Now, on Linux, I mainly use symbolic links, which are a ...
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Syncing multiple home folders with dropbox and symlinks

To keep multiple computers synced with dropbox I tried the following. Approach A. -Computer 1: Install dropbox, dropbox folder: /Dropbox/ -Computer 1: Create symbolic link in that folder to home ...
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File permissions

I have a PHP script running which makes symlinks. To confirm which user it is: file_put_contents("testFile", "test"); $user = fileowner("testFile"); unlink("testFile"); echo "running as user '" . ...
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Force Bash 4 'globstar' option to ignore symlinks

Bash 4 has a fantastic option called 'globstar' that emulates (i.e. was stolen from) zsh's ** syntax for globbing across multiple directories. However, it's somewhat crippled (for my usage, at least) ...
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How do I batch-export all the content contained in symbolic links? (and then delete them all)

So as an alternative to Recursive scp without following links or creating a giant tar file? (this could be an emergency since the remote files could be deleted any time soon), I'm thinking of deleting ...
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Move a file and re-target all of its symlinks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I “relink” a lot of broken symlinks? Is there any way to move a file to a new location, and then re-target its symlinks to the new location, using a shell ...