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

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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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Linux find and remove all symlinks relating to a directory

So, I have a bit of a situation where I created many symlinks in an attempt to get them to work, trying all sorts of combinations .. now I have this error: ls: cannot access /etc/sv/me: Too many ...
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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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Change permissions for a symbolic link

I have a symlink with these permissions: lrwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 38 Aug 18 00:36 npm -> ../lib/node_modules/npm/bin/npm-cli.js* The symlink is located in a .tar.gz archive. Now when I ...
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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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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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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 Do I Block Read Access to a Symbolic Link?

I have this file structure: > APPLICATION 1 >> CONTROLLER (@JuniorProgrammers) >> MODELS (symlink to SHARED/MODELS) >> VIEWS (@Designers) > APPLICATION 2 >> CONTROLLER ...
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What is the difference in file size between Symbolic and Hard links?

I plan to keep all my movies in one giant folder, and then create other folders for the genres, while creating links for all the movies in the genre folder. This way I can organize movies into ...
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Is there any relationship between linking binaries and symbolic links?

This is almost certainly a very stupid question, so it will be easy to anwser. Is there any relationship between the linking of binaries (as in dynamic or static linking) and symbolic links. Do they ...
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Symlink all Directories inside one directory to another directory

I am using a NAS(synology/xpenology) currently with 1 Drive /volume1/Drive is the share. I have other shares on this Drive /volume1/Drive/SeriesPC its a share connected to my drive on my pc. Now I ...
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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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Use `ln` to create a missing directory

So I'm writing a small package manager, and a problem I've run into is making the symbolic links to files. It installs the package to /usr/pkg/name-version, and then reads a file to determine what ...
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How do I make find follow most, but not all, symbolic links?

My OS and home directory are on an SSD. I store some large files on a hard disk, and symlink from my home directory to the hard disk (eg. ~/Videos/Films is a symlink to /mnt/hdd/Films). I also have a ...
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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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Is there any way to rsync absolute symlinks alone?

I want to sync a big folder hierarchy between two machines. I want to copy the contents of the symlinks if they are absolute, for eg it points to /some/folder/someFile I want to retain the symlinks if ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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No access to symlink folder on NTFS partition

I am using an NTFS parition for storing data I like to access both from Ubuntu and Windows 7. On my Ubuntu HOME partition, I like to link the folder Assets in order to access it from an application ...
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read only symlink or something similar? [duplicate]

I created myself a NAT for home use (Ubuntu+Samba+Greyhole+Apache+MySQL+other web server related stuff). 90% of files I store there are pictures that i really don't wanna loose (that's why Greyhole). ...
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What does `l` mean in an `ls` listing?

When I run ls -adl .* in one of my directories, I get a file that has this listing: lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 43 Jul 3 16:25 .#filename.py -> person@computer.edu.4018:1372874769 The filename ...
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/etc files on a different partition

My setup requires that some of my /etc files reside on a separate partition. For this purpose I've created a softlink: ls -li /etc/group 956 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 May 7 15:48 /etc/group -> ...
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How do I tell if a folder is actually a symlink and how do I fix it if it's broken?

How do I tell if I have a symlink, a shortcut of some sort, or a folder in Linux? Please see following screenshot. As you can see, the ls command lists objects where some are colored in dark blue ...
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modify date of symlink on bindfs

I have the feeling that I cannot modify the date of symlinks on bindfs. See the following transcript of what I tried. On EXT4: nailor@needle:~$ mkdir /tmp/ex nailor@needle:~$ cd /tmp/ex ...
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Why is bash giving me (apparently) conflicting information about a file?

Background I am working on a RHEL 5 cluster. I want my Fortran program to read the file /home/bob/inputs/input_1 I asked Bob to give me permission to read all contents of inputs: [bob@server]$ ...
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Is there a way to condense ../.. parts of a path out programatically?

Say for example I have these types of paths to files in a script: /path/to/some/file/../../file1.txt Is there a command I can call such as readlink that will convert this path to its actual ...
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Symbolic Link local .jpg file to .jpg file on the internet

Is there any way to have a symbolic link that links a local .jpg file to a .jpg file on the internet in a l/unix environment?
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Why SOFT LINK can't point, But HARD LINK can point to the INODE of a deleted Original File?

1st I created both hardlink (HLINK) and softlink (SLINK) to a single file (A.DAT). As I know, SLINK has its own inode, and this inode will point to the inode of A.DAT. But HLINK does not have its own ...
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Symlink aliasing files in subdirectories without changing current directory

It seems like it should be simple to symlink one file to a new file in a subdirectory.... ....without moving subdirectories. But something about the syntax is perplexing and counter to what I would ...
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Symlink all subdirectories in a directory to another directory

I'm trying to symlink every directory in a folder to another folder. For example, in the structure below, I need the subfolders symlinked to folder2. - /home/chris/folder1 -- subfolder1 -- subfolder2 ...
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cp SOMEFILE .. copies to a different directory after cd'ing via a symbolic link

Consider the following setup: ~/Desktop/Public/subdir ~/Desktop/subdir --> ~/Desktop/Public/subdir (symbolic link) Now I do: cd ~/Desktop/subdir Which leads me into the linked directory. If ...
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Pre-specifying a default GNU Stow target-directory

TLDR: Can I pre-define a stow folder other than /usr/local with GNU Stow? I do not have admin privileges on the machine I use for work, and I was told that I could use GNU Stow to manage my ...
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Can I make a symlink point to different locations on different machines?

Before you say "no", a workaround would also be fine. Here is the situation: I have two machines local and compile, both including the same ~ over nfs from a third machine files. I would like to have ...
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open a file using CDPATH and symlink

To quickly move around, I added a path to CDPATH that contains symlinks to different locations. I did this by adding the following line to .bashrc: export CDPATH=~/symlinks When working with ...
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Absolute link pointers, able to work in another system

I have a folder and within it there are many links. I make those links absolute, so that I can move them about within the folder and they still point to the same data. Relative links would break if I ...
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Accidental deletion of /lib directory in Fedora 15

I accidentally deleted the /lib directory on my Fedora 15 machine and I'm not sure how to go about fixing this. Any help in figuring out how to restore the directory along with symbolic links would be ...
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List direct symbolic links (links that don't point to another symlink)

I need to make a list of all direct symbolic links in a directory, i.e. symbolic links that point to another file which is not a symbolic link. I tried to do it this way: for i in $(ls -1A); do ...
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How to copy a folder structure and make symbolic links to files?

I have a folder SOURCE that contains several sub-level folders, each with its own files.. I want to copy this folder in a new folder COPY where I need to copy the directory structure but keep the ...
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automate the process of fixing all broken links

There are lots of broken links in my system. I wrote a script to relink all broken links. But, after the scripts runs, find would again show me that the links still exists. This is my code: find ...
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Read target of symlink and increment target by one

I have a folder structure that looks like this /some/folder/1 /some/folder/2 ... and a symlink current that links to one of the folders. Is it possible and when how to read the target of the link, ...
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Make firefox command run downloaded firefox instead of iceweasel

I have downloaded Firefox, but when I run firefox in Alt+F2 (Gnome 3.4.2), Iceweasel runs instead. I used the type command to find the file apparently responsible for this: #!/bin/sh ...
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How to create a relative symlink which works across PC

I have the following directory structure to start with ~/a/bin ~/a/src -> /home/user/b/sync/src I created a symlink cd ~/a/src ln -s ../bin bin-xyz now bin-xyz is a broken link, and there is ...