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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Can a symlink be edited to link to a different directory or file? [duplicate]

When I move a directory elsewhere, a symblink to it will become invalid. The way I update a symlink mylink is first going into the directory, and then running ln -s "$PWD" mylink, and then mv mylink ...
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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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Help understanding and using Symlinks

I have a bit of a situation with a virtual server running some RHEL distro. The server is hosted on a Win2008 server via VMPlayer ( I'm going to smack the guy who set this up.) When it was created ...
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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 access these directories?

I'm trying to recover data from my Ready NasDuo which is Spark based with a 16kb block size. I've followed another post and successfully mounted the drive using a command like sudo fuseext2 -o ...
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Is it possible to make a symbolic link of a file in other machine?

I have a account in a server and I would like have a symbolic link of some files in my local machine. How can I do this?
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copy symlinks with rsync

When I'm trying to backup a disk with rsync, symbolic links are not resolved correctly. For example: media └disk1 ├folder1 │ └folder2 (symlink to /media/disk1/folder2) └folder2 After rsync ...
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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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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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What happen if accidentally move a soft link followed by “/”?

I created a soft link to the current directory, $ ln -s "$PWD" math I then wanted to move it to another directory. $ mv math/ ~/dirlinks/maths/ I then realized I should $ mv math ...
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Unison replacing newer symlinks with older files using the option -force newer

I'm having a problem with Unison and symlinks. I created a test case for making it easier to understand and try this for yourself. First, we create the two directories that will be synced. And some ...
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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 to find out which package installed a symlink

In this question I describe my problems finding out the package that installed the final target of the /usr/bin/rename command. dpkg -S /usr/bin/rename did not give a result, but after first finding ...
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How to find the package that installed a comand, if “dpkg -S” finds no path because the command is a symlink?

While I was writing up a tag information for rename, I tried to look up with which package the rename command was installed. I ran the usual dpkg -S (also mentioned in this question): $ which rename ...
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How do I display information about all encountered symlinks in a given path?

How do I obtain a description of all encountered symlinks for the given path? Expecting output like this: $ linksinfo ~/.nix-profile/lib/libQt5OpenGL.so /home is a directory /home/nix is a directory ...
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cd and ls behave differently when inside a softlink to a dir

When we cd into a dir via its softlink, i observe: ls .. will show the content of the parent dir of the linked dir, while cd .. will go under the parent dir of the softlink. Why are they different? ...
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Can rsync mirror a directory, without following symlinks linking outside the tree?

I want to mirror some home directories to a remote location, but don't want to follow links that point outside the tree. Links pointing with the directories themselves are okay. I also want the links ...
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du skip symbolic links

I cannot find an example of what I want to do and, from what I'm reading, the default behavior of du on my system is not the proper default behavior. If I ls my /data folder, I see (removing the ...
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Make Nginx follow symlinks

Nginx does not follow symbolic links. I get a 404 error. In my directory, I have this link: lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 48 Sep 23 08:52 modules -> /path/to/dir/ but the files stored in ...
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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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Finding duplicate files and replace them with symlinks

I'm trying to find a way to check inside a given directory for duplicate files (even with different names) and replace them with symlinks pointing to the first occurrence. I've tried with fdupes but ...
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Symbolic Link with Existing Directory

If I already has a directory (A) with existing contents and another directory (B), how do I symbolic link such that the two directory's content merge. eg. A -> folderA1/ ...
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get rsync to dereference symlinked dirs presented on cmdline like find -H

I'd love rsync to copy symlinks to dirs specified on the cmdline as dirs but leave all symlinks in the copied tree as is - like find -H, but the only way is a nasty hack of rsync -aR --rsync-path='cd ...
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Why ln -s creates relative broken links? [duplicate]

I have an issue with ln -s on Ubuntu 14.04, while using it in the following scenario: $ cd ~/programming/tmux/ $ ln -s tmux ~/bin/tmux $ ls -l ~/bin/tmux lrwxrwxrwx 1 USER USER 4 sie 31 11:02 ...
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some shared libs in /usr/local/lib aren't found but they are in /usr/lib

I can successfully run an executable using a symlink'd shared library in /usr/lib like so - sudo ln -s /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so.0.9.8 /usr/lib/libcrypto.so.4 In the interest of making this ...
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how to change where a symlink points [duplicate]

Can you tell me what is this in red marker area. ? and if want to change /media/files/tb-prod/files to some other path, then how it will be .. ?
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What is the difference between 'rm' and 'unlink'?

Assuming you know the target is a symbolic link and not a file, is there any difference between using rm and unlink to remove the link?
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why are there links to links in system directories?

For example, the executable emacs: lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 23 Jun 9 2012 /usr/bin/emacs -> /etc/alternatives/emacs llrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 Jun 9 2012 /etc/alternatives/emacs -> ...
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Is there a downside to deleting all of the broken symbolic links in a system?

I was running a script that iterated over all the files on my Linux system and created some metadata about them, and it threw an error when it hit a broken symbolic link. I am newish to *nix, but I ...
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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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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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What are some ways to update symlinks when the dir they point to are changed?

When the dir pointed by a symlink changes its name or ancestral dir(s), the symlink will not work. This happens often. Is there some more or less automatic way to make a symlink keep track of that? I ...
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Avoid infinite loops in file operations

In many programs, such as in this example filezilla, when I go to use certain directories they get stuck in an infinite loop. So I might be uploading a folder to an FTP server, but this folder links ...
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Java location from /usr/bin/java

I'm trying to find my java location within my Linux system and got this [980@b449 ~]$ which java /usr/bin/java [980@b449 ~]$ readlink -f $(which java) ...
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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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Point folder on main HDD to newly mounted 2nd HDD

What is the best way to point a folder in one of my websites directory to a folder in a second HDD I just had installed? I see things about fstab and symlink but am lost at what is the best way to do ...
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Providing ftp access (of selected files) to users from a hashed repository of unique files

We have a portal where each user has an account and a file repository that goes with it. Whenever any user uploads a file using a form, the php app hashes the file contents first and checks to see if ...
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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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Symbolic linking to ~/ instead of ~/[path/file]

I moved all of my dot files out of ~/ in to ~/data/dotfiles I then did ln -s ~/data/dotfiles/[filename] ~/ My intention was ln -s ~/data/dotfiles/[filename] ~/[filename] This included my .vimrc , ...
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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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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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Why absolute symlink on SAMBA share is followed directly by CIFS mount?

If an SMB share has a symlink with an absolute path /share/latest/dir -> /share/data/201407 then Windows clients can access files by link with no problem. dir \\smbserver\share\latest\dir\ ...
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Going into a directory linked by a link

When I cd a link, my current path is prefixed with the link's path, rather than the path of the directory the link links to. E.g. ~/dirlinks/maths$ ls -l logic lrwxrwxrwx 1 tim tim 71 Jul 27 10:24 ...
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“Links” to dirs that have features of both hard and soft links?

It is not allowed to create a hard link for a dir. But the soft like will not work, if I later change the name of the dir. How would you solve the dilemma? Are there applications which can ...
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Symlink from one workstation to another without mount

I am trying to create a symlink of a file on one linux workstation to another linux workstation, without having to 'mount' any network shares. Here's what I am trying to do, but can't get it to work. ...
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Strange difference between pwd and /bin/pwd

I added a symlink to the current directory with ln -s . aa. If I execute cd aa, and after that I executed pwd, the response is /home/sim/aa. But if I execute /bin/pwd it prints /home/sim (the current ...
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Convert linux symlink to osx symlink

I have transferred a folder from a linux machine to a macbook pro with osx 10.9, now I am having trouble with the symlinks in this folder (lots of them). In linux if I do vi link2file.txt, it has the ...
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Symbolic link permission changes [duplicate]

I would like to change the symbolic permission[lrwxrwxrwx] to 755. I've used the command to try and change the permissions and it's not working. $ chmod -R 755 symbolic link folder
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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: ...