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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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 ...
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Directory symlink to inode, not path (e.g. directory hardlinks)

I'm trying to better understand why directory hardlinks are not possible. Roughly, I think of directories and files as follows: directory --------- inode # exposed as . inode_of_parent # ...
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When is a symbolic link not acceptable? [closed]

From the user point of view, for the purposes of file content, symbolic link is the same as the target file: Symbolic links operate transparently for most operations: programs that read or write ...
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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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doesn't symbolic link changes it's permissions if I remove permissions in actual file?

I actually started learning Unix and while doing so I stuck here. Though It may seem silly question I'm actually unclear with it so please help me. I've a file as somefile.txt and a symbolic link ...
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Why does reading from a symlink to network location cause local disk activity?

I am running RHEL 6.4 and have a symbolic link in my home directory to a large file stored elsewhere on a network. My home directory is a network location as well. I've noticed that when I run a ...
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Linux - symlink between mtd partition and user data from mount location

Is it possible to create a symbolic link between NAND/NOR mtd partition and a file from mounted partition (e.g., ln -s /tmp/mnt/linux.bin /dev/mtdblock1)
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Symlink all files in a directory with the entire directory tree

Right now I use this ln -s /dir/* /dir2/ Which will symlink everything, but I have to go inside the dir and make a new directory because the folders are also symlinked (this is expected). So here ...
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Possibilities for executable symlink to non-executable file in Linux?

I have some Python scripts, that I keep in a repository; they are plain-text files, but if their executable bit is set, then the online repository page serves them as binary downloads, not as plain ...
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How to find out a file is hard link or symlink? [duplicate]

I have a file in ~/file.txt. I have created a hard link by : ln ~/file.txt ~/test/hardfile.txt and a symlink file : ln -s ~/file.txt ~/test/symfile.txt Now, How can I find out that which file ...
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Is symlink's target relative to the destination's parent directory and if so, why?

I've got the following file structure: build/ client/ –> index.js And when I try to create a symbolic link named "client" inside the build directory that refers to the client directory in the ...
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System wide symbolic link

I'm trying to create a symbolic link which would be system-wide usable. The $PATH output is the follow: /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games So I don't understand ...
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symbolic link to a directory and relative path

I've created symlink with absolute path to the directory (Blink) and have for example following tree: $ ls -l /tmp/A total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 6 Apr 3 12:27 Blink -> /tmp/B -rw-r--r-- 1 root ...
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symlink /home/username/Documenten tot 2nd partition?

I am trying to make a symlink so all documents are on a different harddisk drive. I learned how to make a symlink and tried to create the desired symlink. this is the command I used in terminal: ln ...
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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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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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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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Create symlinks on an external storage device that can work on any Linux machines?

An external storage device can be connected to different Linux or Unix machines, and I guess its mounting point may be different? If yes, will symlinks that are stored on the device and link to files ...
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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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Why is permission denied for npm start using node-dev?

I am trying to start a node.js application with on a low permissions user. All the files I know of are owned by the correct user and have permissions set reasonably well. I'm trying to use a script ...
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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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How does linux work with symbolic links?

I mean what's going on when some process wants to read a symlink? What's going on when something changes a symlink during a read or even write process? For example: I have 2 huge, similar 100G files ...
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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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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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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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Filetype and dereference when listing directory with LS command

I'm trying to combine arguments to the ls command to list a directory content. What I'm basically trying to achieve is listing the directory dereferencing all links, but showing explicitly that the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Portable way to get script's absolute path?

What is a portable way for a (zsh) script to determine its absolute path? On Linux I use something like mypath=$(readlink -f $0) ...but this is not portable. (E.g., readlink on darwin does not ...
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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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How to replace a symbolic link with a copy of a file it links to?

Having a (single, no batch filesystem processing needed) symlink, what a command line to use to replace it with a copy of the file it links to?
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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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cd to directory of a symbolically linked file

Before I write a script, anyone know an easy way to do the following: $ pwd /foo/bar $ ls -l lrwxr-xr-x 1 username admin 48 Apr 17 2012 foo.sh -> /bar/foo.sh $ cd /bar $ ls foo.sh i.e., in ...
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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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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 ...