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

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How to get full path of original file of a soft symbolic link?

I want to scp a file to a server. The file is a symbolic link, and actually what I want to do is copying the source file. Anyway I don't want to track source file's path manually, because it can be ...
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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 find a symlink when the location in which it was created is unknown?

I followed some slightly incorrect instructions to install my video driver. I executed this command blindly and don't know what directory I did it: sudo ln -s lib /usr/lib64 How can I find that ...
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Is there an algorithm to decide if a symlink loops?

Unix systems usually just error out if they are confronted with a path that contains a symlink loop or just too many symlinks, because they have a limit to the number of symlinks they will traverse in ...
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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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Hard links versus symbolic links: which one is faster / smaller? [duplicate]

Hard links Given a file original.txt, a hard link hardlink.txt will point to the same inode and continue to exist even when original.txt is deleted. Symbolic links Given a file original.txt, a ...
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find not working right

if [[ "$1" == "" ]] then leftarray=($(find . -type l -printf "%p\n" 2>/dev/null)) rightarray=($(find . -type l -printf "%l\n" 2>/dev/null)) for var in "${rightarray[@]}" do ...
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How to rebuild /etc/cron.d on CentOS?

I installed an RPM on a CentOS machine that was supposed to merge its own files contained in a /etc/cron.d structure with the current /etc/cron.d. However it replaced the current contents. I believe ...
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Create Relative Symlink Inside Relative Symlink

I've been browsing for a minute now trying to find a way to create a relative symlink inside a relative symlink, and what I mean by that is this... I have my CakePHP Templates Skeleton as a symlink ...
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Capturing the name of the file pointed by a symbolic link in a variable

Say I have a symbolic link: /path/to/foo->/path/to/some_file.txt Say I have a shell variable x=/path/to/foo, how can I get some_file.txt in a shell variable y?
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Create shortcut for PHP

I have XAMPP installed and my PHP is: /opt/lampp/bin/php-5.3.8 Every time I need to execute a PHP file I need to do this: /opt/lampp/bin/php-5.3.8 testando.php Is there another way to execute it ...
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thoroughly find all links (hard and symlinks, and any combination thereof) leading to a file/dir

I read "most" of the proposed questions, but I believe they all miss the complexity of the right answer. I want, only using "basic" commands (for maximum portability) (i.e., something that would work ...
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Unable to stat symbolic link to file

Background I am trying to wrap my head around how html is unable to access a file via a symlink. I performed the following simple experiment to try and gain an understanding of how apache would be ...
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Test for link with trailing slash?

I created in /tmp/test/ mkdir somedir ln -s somedir/ somelink I want to loop through only directories: for file in */ ; do if [[ -d "$file" && ! -L "$file" ]]; then echo "$file is a ...
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How can I make Krusader show real size of symlinked files?

In the "size" column in Krusader, there is a link's size noted, instead of the size of the actual file. This is the same as what ls -l shows (the full address of the target file, e.g. 64 B instead of ...
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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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Changing the timestamp of a symlink

I know how to change the timestamp of a regular file: touch -t 201301291810 myfile.txt I was not able to do the same with a symlink. Is it possible? Distro: RHEL 5.8
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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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How to Create Symlink Dynamically for Dynamically Created File in a Folder

I create a file based on time or something like that for stylesheet. It is fingerprinting filename to avoiding cached version on web browser. Example file name: style_1374065326.css. I want to create ...
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Is there way to replace value of symbolic link? [duplicate]

Is there way to replace value of symbolic link? For example I want to replace symbolic link like this: first -> /home/username/foo/very/long/directories/that/I/do/not/want/to/type/again to ...
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Why is there a mix of symlinks and hardlinks in /bin?

I understand the technical difference between symlinks and hardlinks, this is a question about their use in practice, particularly I'm curious to know why both are used in seemingly similar ...
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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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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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Dereference copy with KDE Dolphin

From the cli I can dereference copy a symbolic link with cp -L. Is it possible to do this with the KDE Dolphin file manager?
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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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Are there any drawbacks from using mount --bind as a substitute for symbolic links?

Symlinks have limitations in how functions like ls, mv, and cp can operate on them because unlike shell initiated commands like cd, these functions do not have information about how the user accessed ...
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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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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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Can you change a dynamic link target without recompiling?

I downloaded a program that unfortunately doesn't come as a source distribution. When I go to run it, I get the error error while loading shared libraries: libjpeg.so.62: cannot open shared object ...
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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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What does ln stand for?

In Linux you can use the ln command to make links. $ touch foo $ ln -s foo foo_link $ ls -l lrwxrwxrwx 1 cklein cklein 3 May 29 16:11 foo_link -> foo I assume that the 'l' in ln stands ...
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How to increase the link count for a directory, link count went to 0?

I have made myself land in this situation, it is a chrooted workspace on my system where I virtualize the entire file system ( so its not actual /var/log ) Is there a way that I can either delete this ...
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FS permission scenario

How can I achieve this files & folders permissions scenario: Consider these folder: Folder A: 640 root apache /var/www/A/ Folder www: 640 root apache /var/www/ and this linux user: id user1: ...
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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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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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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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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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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 one view what the contents of symbolic link are, instead of the destination? [duplicate]

Is there some way in which I can view/edit what the contents of a symbolic link are? I don't want to view the destination the link points to, but the symbolic link itself. Suppose I have a file, ...
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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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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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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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How does one atomically change a symlink to a directory in busybox?

I am trying to (as close as possibly) atomically change a symlink. I've tried: ln -sf other_dir existing_symlink That just put the new symlink in the directory that existing_symlink pointed to. ln ...
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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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is there some kind of symbolic links that support moving or renaming the target file?

I liked this explanation of hard and soft/symbolic links: http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/22406/42226 Now the reason why I googled about soft and hard links is simply because I was organizing my ...
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cannot create symbolic link on CentOS 5.6 - File exists error

I am trying to setup a symbolic link on my CentOS 5.6 machine to point dev_crmpicco/ to ~/vhosts/dev/dev_crmpicco/web/ I am using the following command: [crmpicco@devel dev]$ ln -s ...
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Using symbolic link on directory with contents

I'm working on a Debian machine with a bunch of different filesystems and I'm trying to manipulate a large amount of data in MySQL. I've run out of room in my home directory, but there's a ton of ...
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Symlink Copy a Directory Non-recursively

So I want to symlink copy all the files and folders in one directory to another directory. When I use cp -s though without the -r option I get a bunch of "omitting directory" warnings, and I don't ...
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How can I efficiently dereference all symlinks in `find` *output* filenames?

I need paths to be both fully resolved and relative to a given directory. This must be done efficiently, since the number of paths is often greater than 100,000. Situation: I have directories which ...
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How to prevent find -execdir from following symlinks?

Say I have a symlink: linktob -> b If I run something like find . -type l -execdir chmod 777 {} \;, the chmod command affects the file the symlink is pointing to, i.e. ‘b’. The man page suggests ...