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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Create symbolic links with wildcards

I have multiple hard drives with the same directory hierarchy, for example: /media/sda/dir1 /media/sda/dir2 ... /media/sdb/dir1 /media/sdb/dir2 Two hard drives with similar names and similar ...
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How do I see what symlinks exist for a given directory?

I want to do some housekeeping in a directory, and I want to see if a given directory has any symlinks pointing to it. I can easily enough see what directory a symlink points to, but now I want to see ...
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Is it safe to make symbolic links in /root to config files in a a users home directory?

Does symlinking from /root to a configuration file in a users home directory bad practice security-wise? For example I currently have /root/.vimrc symlinked to ~/.vimrc Is it a viable attack to make ...
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Use symlink to move directory created by .deb package - will anything break?

Sometimes it seems useful to shift package's directories around between tmpfs / flash memory or ssd / hard disk. To manage flash lifetime, disk spin-up, or just free space. If you replace a ...
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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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Script to replace all symbolic links to a target to point to another target (in the same directory)

Given the following contrived example: $ mkdir -p a/b && touch a/b/original-target && touch a/b/new-target $ mkdir -p c1/c2 && cd c1/c2 && ln -s ...
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Extended attribute on symbolic link

I'm trying to set some extended attributes on a symbolic link on Fedora 15. According to setfattr's usage, there is an option -h for such purpose: setfattr 2.4.44 -- set extended attributes Usage: ...
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“Junctioned” symbolic links

Does Linux have the capability to use "junctioned" symbolic links? I'm not sure if this is an actual term or not, so let me explain the concept. I have a git repository containing all my ...
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root cannot connect to symlinked socket of other user

I use oh-my-zsh's ssh-agent plugin to have a static symlink to my current SSH_AUTH_SOCK created. When connecting through SSH with agent forwarding enabled the file /tmp/ssh-agent-$USER-screen is ...
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Access a file in PHP through a symbolic link from a user that normally doesn't have permission

I have this website, where if the user submits a form, a python script is executed through a php page, and the python script creates a zip file and should offer it to the user for download through a ...
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Does the Linux loader (ld.so) follow symlinks?

I have stumbled upon a problem by trying to move the ld.so.cache file to another location. I have tried to create a symlink for it in its previous location -- /etc/ -- but it seems that the loader ...
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Gzip large amount of symlinked files

I have a folder containing a large amount of symlinked files. These files are each on the order of 10-11GB (fastq files to be specific). They come from a variety of source folders, but I made sure ...
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Creating/Removing a symbolic link when a USB device connects/disconnects

I'm working with an Arduino board and Matlab under Linux. Matlab, unfortunately, doesn't recognize the Arduino board when is connected unless I create a symbolic link to the Arduino board in /dev by: ...
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FreeBSD: Remove symlinks in devfs

Background I have been rebuilding a small home NAS. This server represents my first 'real' foray into the world of server administration and it has taught me quite a bit already. Originally, the ...
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Bash prompt when my home directory is a symbolic link

I symlinked my /host/Users/Kevin folder to /home/Kevin. I also edit the /etc/passwd file to /home/Kevin. I logged out and logged back in, however when I open up a terminal it's a bash prompt like so: ...
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OS X: Can `ls` show broken symlinks?

When in Linux, I enjoy having \ls -l --color=auto show broken symlinks with red text for the name of the symlink and blinking text for the missing linkee. But in OS X, \ls -lG (the closest thing I ...
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'Docker' File System - Compatibility with Symbolic Links

The question is marked in bold if you wish to skip the explanation of our situation. I work as a developer for a server network. We deploy multiple instances of our servers. we have 5 types of server ...
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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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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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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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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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Symlink as WorkingDirectory in systemd service

I have a service with WorkingDirectory=/srv/ctr/current which is a symlink. It seems the service doesn't pick up changes in the symlink when restarted. The error log reports /srv/ctr/releases/69 as ...
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How can you group symlinks with directories in `ls` output but tell the difference?

In ls output, I'd like to group symlinks that point to directories along with the rest of the directories, but still have a way of telling that it's a symlink either with color or an appended symbol. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Generate multiple symbolic links while maintaining directory structure

I want to generate symbolic links from multiple folders while 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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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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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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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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Automatically add slash when navigating through symlink

I use symlinks a lot and pretty much linked my whole home directory into a folder .other or .dotfiles. When I'm im my home directory and try to got into the folder .config/, its actually a symbolic ...
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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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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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find does not work on symlinked path?

If I run this command find $HOME/MySymlinkedPath -name "run*.sh" nothing happens, and gives no error ('MySymlinkedPath' is a symlinked path to another hard drive other then my $HOME one). These also ...
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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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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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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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What does $0 hold when called via a symlink?

The $0 shell parameter holds the name of the calling program. If you make a symbolic link named my_command in your home directory to the command /usr/local/bin/command1 and you execute it by typing ...
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$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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difference between /dir and /dir/ [duplicate]

Consider a symlink I am making to my Music directory named music. ln -s Music music now consider following sequence of commands: edward@ArchLinux:~$ readlink music Music edward@ArchLinux:~$ ...
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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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Convert a hardlink into a symbolic link

It is easy to convert a symlink into a hardlink with ln -f (example) It would also be easy to convert a hardlink (filenames link and original) back to a symbolic link to link->original in the case ...
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Finding the original file of a symbolic link

So let's say I have a symbolic link of a file in my home directory to another file on a different partition. How would I find the target location of the linked file? By this, I mean, let's say I have ...
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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 ] ...