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

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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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In Ubuntu, is there a way to virtually merge two folders without unionfs or aufs?

I've got a source control system at work that I can't modify which scatters a bunch of files in unfortunate places. My IDE expects these folders to be in a single unified location. Normally I'd just ...
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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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Creating a local workspace for development/testing

I want to be able to mount, say /home/$USER/workspace to /usr/local/workspace. Right now I'm using the python package pyfilesystem which uses fuse to do that. My problem is, that inside that mount I ...
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Why do slackware packages recreate symlinks after installation?

Reading through slackware's makepkg script, I saw that rather than putting symlinks directly into the package, it deletes them and generates a script called doinst.sh that recreates them after ...
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auditing of symlink/symlinkat syscalls doesn't work here

I'm trying to monitor symlink/symlinkat syscalls of files under a specific directory, so I added two rules: auditctl -a exit,always -F arch=b64 -S symlinkat -F success=1 -F dir=/XX auditctl -a ...
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sshfs breaks symlinks from SFTP server

Does anyone know how to mount a remote SFTP path via SSHFS so that you can work with symlinks? When I do this, all the symlinks I create point to the wrong files (not the ones I linked to.) All the ...
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Using symbolic links and git to manage build versions

In general I follow the following workflow when I build any program (e.g. emacs, tmux, etc.) /home/opt/[name of the program]/builds/[version]/ bin lib share For example for a program like tmux I ...
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ln gives different results when run multiple times

I have this simple script to use with seventh sense (it's a lone wolf gamebook reader/player): #!/bin/bash GAME_PATH=$(dirname "$(readlink -f "$0")") SEVENTH_SENSE_PATH=$(echo ...
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What has happened to the file when I entered “mv file.txt ../”?

I wanted to move 'file.txt' one folder up, but instead of mv file.txt ../file.txt I entered mv file.txt ../. Now the file is gone and I didn't get any error message. So it seems the some action was ...
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Create an absolute symbolic link to the current directory

I am now under a directory with very long path. For future visiting it quicker, I would like to create a link to it. I tried ln -s . ~/mylink ~/mylink actually links to ~. So can I expand ~ into ...
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Generate multiple symbolic links with maitaining directory structure

I want to generate symbolic links from multiple folders with maintaining the directory structure. I read a few answers and the best thing i can come up with now is: find ...
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How to create a shortcut to a folder to Documents

I have a folder in /media/sf_fedora which I want to access from Documents instead of going into /media each time, how can I create a shortcut. The 'Make Link' is grayed out in the Edit menu for some ...
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only show the source file and target linked file using `ls`

I can show the target file that a link points to using ls -l: snowch$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/mvn lrwxr-xr-x 1 snowch admin 29 12 Dec 08:58 /usr/local/bin/mvn -> ../Cellar/maven/3.2.3/bin/mvn Is ...
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hardlink/softlink multiple file to one file

I have many files in a folder. I want to concatenate all these files to a single file. For example cat * > final_file; But this will increase disk space and also will consume time. Is there is a way ...
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Sublime command line open it twice

I just created a symbolic link to sublime: $ sudo ln -s /opt/SublimeText2/sublime_text /usr/bin/subl The problem is that it opens the last project and the open I want: $ subl my-project or $ ...
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How universal is the -L (dereference symlink) switch of the 'ls' command?

I have some software that, among other things, needs to: Assess a file's rwxrwxrwx permissions; Work under every possible flavor of Unix and Linux you can find in the wild. Currently, it does that ...
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Creating symbolic link recursively

I essentially want to run this command... ln -s /opt/gitlab/embedded/service/gitlab-shell/hooks/ /var/opt/gitlab/git-data/repositories/web/*/hooks This would create a symbolic link in all folders ...
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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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Symlink with @ symbol?

I found that there is a symlink generated by ruby which has a @ sign at the path: default -> /Users/MyUserName/.rvm/rubies/ruby-2.0.0-p247@gemset The folder ...
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Why does ln -sf silently fail?

ln -sf source_file target_file succeeds even when source_file does not exist. ln -f source_file target_file on the other hand fail, as expected. How can it be tuned to give error on the first case ...
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Create a new link to access all files and folders

I get stuck to create a shell script for a new link something like that link linkPathName orginalPathName I want to create a link between a new link and original path; however, both can access ...
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Symlinks and EncFS

I am trying to secure my Dropbox account by using EncFS. My strategy is as follows: I store all my files in a folder called ~/Public/. The encrypted counterpart of ~/Public/ is ~/Private/. Use ...
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$PWD variable equivalent of pwd -P

I want to use the $PWD variable in a script, but I want it to be the hardware path without symlinks. I know about /bin/pwd and pwd -P, but those aren't variables. I know that I can use: setenv MYPWD ...
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Why are there symlinks in /dev? (LVM)

[root@SERVER ~] ls -la /dev/vg/root lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 2012-10-28 10:29 /dev/vg/root -> ../mapper/vg-root [root@SERVER ~] QUESTION: Why are there symlinks? Why there couldn't be only 1 ...
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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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ls doesn't give me the same as cd + ls to the same folder

$> ls ../../../../.. Doesn't give me the same result as $> cd ../../../../.. $> ls Why? Something with links? What's going on? [ johanrj@jamin ] ...
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Folder alias / Symbolic link to return to back folder

I need to create a folder "2015" which re-routes to ./ but I don't know what the command is. Not sure if the term is called in this case an alias (or symbolic link). So I need to make the same ...
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`ln -s` creates a symlink inside an existing folder instead of failing?

$mkdir lnTest1 lnTest2 $ln -s lnTest1 "lnTest2" There is NO slash at the end of "lnTest2"!! $ls lnT* -Rl |sed "s'$USER''g" lnTest1: total 0 lnTest2: total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 7 Jun 22 22:48 lnTest1 ...
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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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If I rm -rf a symlink will the data the link points to get erased, too?

This is the contents of the /home3 directory on my system: ./ backup/ hearsttr@ lost+found/ randomvi@ sexsmovi@ ../ freemark@ investgr@ nudenude@ romanced@ wallpape@ I want to clean ...
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Will symlinks be maintained if the target's path remains the same but everything is transferred to a new disk?

(I think the answer is yes, but I'd like to be certain before I actually do it!) What I'm trying to do: install a new sd card in my "rooted" Android phone that uses A2SD. The fact that it's an ...
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Why can't list file/directory relative to .. from a symbolic link directory (No such file or directory)?

I have a /usr/tomcat6/logs directory linked to /var/log/tomcat6. When I changed directory to /usr/tomcat6/logs and try to ls files using a relative pathname ../conf/Catalina/localhost, a No such file ...
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How to determine if a soft link's target is a directory or a file?

Given the ll command outputs as follows #> ll lrwxrwxrwx ... How to determine if a soft link's target is a directory or a file from "lrwxrwxrwx"?
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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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When is a symlink treated as the thing it links to, and as a symlink?

When is a symlink treated as the thing it links to, and as a symlink? A symlink can links to a file of different types. For example, let mylk be a symlink which links to a dir. The following two ...
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understand the designation of symbolic links

I have a number of files in /etc/rc3.d/ directory which all are symbolic links and point to files in /etc/init.d/ directory using ../init.d/ designation. For example file S18rsyslog in /etc/rc3.d/ ...
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Fast and slow symlinks

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link#Storage_of_symbolic_links Early implementations of symbolic links stored the symbolic link information as data in regular files. The file ...
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How to create file links on a vfat filesystem of a mounted disk under Linux?

I have an external drive containing different pieces of music. The drive is a vfat formatted drive to be able to work with arbitrary devices. On the device I have music stored from different artists ...
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Why can't I edit links and directories directly?

There are programs such as hexedit that allow one to edit each bit of a file, and as I keep hearing that in Unix "everything is a file", I tried to edit some directory, expecting bytes referring to ...
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Ignore Symlinks when Extracting Tarball

I have a relatively simple question that I cannot seem to find the answer for. I am attempting to extract a tarball (*.tgz, to be exact) and receiving terminal errors on extracted symlinks. ...
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Recursive scp without following links or creating a giant tar file?

So I did a recursive scp on my remote fileserver (in another state) and it created an infinite loop of links on my remote web directory... ...
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Create a link but don't change the canonical path

In each users' directory there exists a symbolic link to /var/www/website/public_html/. However, whenever a user cds into the link, he sees the path as /home/username/public_html/. Is there any way to ...
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If symlink on NFS points to local disk, will advantage of local disk be lost?

I am working on a development network that uses NFS so that home directories etc can be accessed from any machine. However, NFS is occasionally flaky, causing slowdown/freezing of the machines. I am ...
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Soft Link created for new software installation

When we install a new software, after extraction the below steps are performed generally: move the files to /opt/folder create the symlink sudo ln -s /opt/folder/application_folder_name ...
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Creating symbolic links

When creating a softlink how do add the path, I did the following: ln -s file1.txt /home/user9000/Desktop/SymbolicLink.txt When I see the softlink on the desktop it marks that the doc doesn't ...
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Why store program code in /var/cache?

I have inherited a Java / Tomcat stack, running on Ubuntu. It has crashed and I am trying to restart it. The program code seems to be using a config file which I have found on the file system. The ...
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Soft Link Detection

In my own LFS-based OS, I had created many softlinks. Soft-link can be deleted without harming the target. But is there any way that If I remove the a file or directory then, I will be notified ...
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Hot to make diff check a symlink link itself?

In Linux one can use the command diff to check for differences of files. I use it to check for differences across two modules, both copied to /tmp. However, both modules have symlinks, which might ...
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Canonical paths: why are they needed?

The issue of resolving symlinks (symbolic links) is often addressed on this forum, and on others. Related are the concepts of relative, absolute (or full), and canonical (or resolved) pathnames. Two ...