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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Getting “Protocol Error” when trying to create a symlink in Docker

I'm trying to setup a symlink, using the command ln -s /var/www/data/cache/widget/overlay/ /var/www/public_html/images/overlay but it outputs ln: failed to create symbolic link ...
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When I cd through a symlink, why does pwd show the symlink instead of the real path?

I created a soft link (ln -s 1 2) to a directory which is inside the test directory and opened the soft link (cd 2) and displayed the current path using pwd. The displayed path was ~/test/2 and not ...
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Is there anyway to automatically mount a filesystem when I open a symbolic link to a directory on that filesystem?

I am using Arch with Xfce. Recently, I have created a symbolic link to a directory on a filesystem. But I don't want to mount the filesystem during boot or manually mount it before I open 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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What file mode is a symlink?

What file mode indicates that a file is a symbolic link (symlink)? My use case is to detect symbolic links inside a git repository (and its history). I was under the impression that a symlink is a ...
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Can Symbolic Links span different file systems in Unix or Linux

Can Symbolic Links span different file systems in Unix or Linux ??? I.e consider different file systems like ext2 and ext3 can symbolic link span them?
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How can I list files of which no symlinks exist?

I have a large "myfiles"directory full of miscellanous documents and do not want to modify its structure. I therefore created (several) other directories for each class of documents. For example I ...
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How I can change all symlink to the new path [duplicate]

Please, I want to change the symlink to the new path My symlink's in this form lrwxrwxrwx. 1 s01 s01 56 Mar 22 13:17 zmjppcxlpq2m.png -> /home/s01/public_html/cgi-bin/uploads/00029/zmjppcxlpq2m ...
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How to avoid sed -i to destroy symlink?

Why does sed -i executed on symlink destroys that link and replaces it with destination file? How to avoid this? eg. $ ls -l pet* -rw-rw-r-- 1 madneon madneon 4 mar 23 16:46 pet lrwxrwxrwx 1 madneon ...
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Is it possible to link file to an output of command line? [duplicate]

I want to create symlink, or a pipe, or something else that could be used in lieu of a file. I want that pseudo-file to execute a command and output of that command should become the contents of that ...
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How to verify the target of a symbolic link points toward a particular path

Within a bash script, I know I can check if a file is a symbolic link with the following syntax if [ -L $path ] Does any one know how I would test if that path was linked to a particular path? E.g. ...
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Links in /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin: hard or symbolic?

For the links located in /usr/bin and in /usr/local/bin, are they better to be hard or symbolic? They seem to be all symbolic? Why?
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list all symbolic links to valid directories only with find

I can use find /search/location -type l to list all symbolic links inside /search/location. How do I limit the output of find to symbolic links that refer to a valid directory, and exclude both, ...
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How can I create a relative symlink given a relative path?

I would like to programmatically find the directory depth of a relative path. So for example the depth of test/dir/hello is 3 More specifically I would like the directory depth so that I can create a ...
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copy files from the parent location when I am inside a symbolically linked folder

Suppose I have created two folders in /tmp called parent and child. child contains a file called test-child.txt and parent contains a file called test-parent.txt. Now lets go inside the parent and ...
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Overhead when relocating a directory to a different file system using a symbolic link

I need to relocate some frequently accessed files to a different file system. The simplest way of doing this is to move the directory containing the files to the new file system and creating a ...
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Is it safe to symlink to /usr/include/x86_64-linux-gnu/sys from /usr/include/sys?

I'm missing the /usr/include/sys dir and all of its headers. I have build-essentials and supposedly every other -dev package I require for this make. From reading around I understand that it's safe ...
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Create a symbolic copy of another directory that has it's own local data

I have a directory foo that contains files and directories. I want to create a new directory foo_0311 that contains the same files as foo (and sees updates when the files change), but that allows by ...
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How would I find any symlinks on my system that reference “/tmp”?

I need to create a list of all symlinks that reference the /tmp directory. How many are there in total?
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Why change the owner of a symbolic link in linux?

In linux it's possible to change the owner or the group owner of a symbolic link (symlink). I was wondering why someone would want to do that, since permissions of a symlink are not used when ...
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cp -a fails to copy symlinks on virtfs

Problem: Trying to copy the entire content of one directory to another which includes hidden files/directories and symlinks. This is fairly straightforward cp -a ${src} ${dst} It works as expected ...
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Absolute path from user input without losing symlinks inside

Is it possible to convert in a shell script a user input path (absolute or relative) to the absolute path but without losing the symlinks inside, e.g. /a/b/c is the current user dir and c is a symlink ...
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Make links work in backup?

One file system of mine has many symlinks which link to directories in the file system. Is it possible to create a backup of the file system where the backups of the links work (i.e. still point to ...
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Update symlinks by scripting? [duplicate]

I have a directory which contains many symlinks which point to other directories. Now I would like to rename a common ancestral directory of the linked directories by the symlinks, and also have ...
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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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Create Symbolic Link for Windows Machines

I currently operate a SMB file server for my network and, like a lot of you guys, don't touch Windows myself. I need to create a symbolic link that will work on my user's Windows machine to ...
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Symbolic link path [duplicate]

Hi I want to find out the path of symbolic link. I want to make a script for that but I can not find a command that will print the path of symbolic link. I want to write a script with directory as a ...
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Why do I get 'error while loading shared libraries: libssl.so.6 cannot open shared object file' even after I run ldconfig?

The symlink libssl.so.6 shows up in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu, and I ran ldconfig but I still get this error: error while loading shared libraries: libssl.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No ...
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Creating symlinks in the etc directory without root access

What I would like to create if I had root access would be a symlink from some file or folder in the /etc to another file or folder in the /etc. However, I do not have root access. Is there any way to ...
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symlinking to `.rbenv/`: how much is too much?

I've been keeping most of my dotfiles in a git repo and symlinking to them, e.g. ln -s ~/Development/dotfiles/bash_profile ~/.bash_profile which has been great. I did something similar with .vim/ ...
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Should I include a trailing slash / in a symlink to a directory?

Symlinking to a directory gives to different results with ls -l depending on whether I ln -s dir or ln -s dir/. But what's the actual difference, and which one should I prefer why?
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ls content of a directory ignoring symlinks

I have a directory in which I would like to list all the content (files and sub directories) without showing the symbolic links. I am using GNU utilities on Linux. The ls version is 8.13. Example: ...
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How is This Symbolic Link Not Being Followed?

I have LibreOffice Writer and OpenOffice Calc installed on my OpenSuSE system. This is arguably not ideal, but before I fully switch to one or the other, I noticed some strange behaviour when calling ...
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Replace symbolic link which linked to directory target

I want to upgrade tomcat server from 7.0.19 to 7.0.20. I've already ln -s apache-tomcat-7.0.19 tomcat7 before, so now I need to link tomcat7 to new target using the following command ln -s --force ...
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readlink -f not working on multiple files

I tried to run readlink -f on multiple files by using wildcard "*", but it evaluates other files as operand Command readlink -f *log Output (desired) /home/trail_1.log /home/trail_2.log Am I ...
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ls .. doesn't work properly with symlinks

I have directories set up a bit like this ~/code ~/code/src ~/code/build -> /path/to/somewhere/else That last one's a symlink. If I do this cd ~/code/build ls .. then I get the listing for ...
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Understanding directory symlinks traversals and the parent directory

Let's say you have directories /dir1 and /dir2/linked, where the later is a symlink to the former. When you cd to linked and pwd, you get the output /dir2/linked. If you then cd .., you'll be put on ...
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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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In Mint 17, how do I copy/paste symlinked files?

In Mint 17 (Cinnamon), I'm using the file manager (I guess it's called Nemo?) to view some header files after building OpenSSL in the 'include' directory. Each of the header files in this directory ...
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Can a hard link break the file system structure?

I want a very simple example of how can a hard link break the file system structure. I saw somewhere that people say it's because of loops, however, I can make a loop with a soft link and so I still ...
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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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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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Double symlink (for partition and server)

I hope this is not a duplicate, I searched but couldn't find an answer. I'm using Linux Mint. I have a Data partition that mounts automatically on boot. I've created symlinks from this partition on ...
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symbolic link new target

I want to change the symbolic links pointing to the current directory, to a common directory named /pool current directory a/b common directory a/pool I followed every I could find and came close ...
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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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need help with a a symlink and the PATH variable

I tried to install drush with composer from a script that is runing with sudo $nameofuser `logname` #drush installation getcomposer(){ # Composer Global installation curl -sS ...
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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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Command line shortcuts for changing directory [duplicate]

I'm looking for an easy way to navigate to directories spanning multiple hard drives and want to set something equivalent to a shortcut within the terminal. In Windows I would accomplish this with ...
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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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Cannot use “firefox” command to run latest firefox

I have download firefox version 34 from Mozilla website. Next, I extracted the tar archive, and moved it to the Desktop. Now, when I run the following command: Desktop/firefox/firefox the version ...