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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Good idea to symlink a virus database directory? [closed]

My Comodo Antivirus is installed in /opt/Comodo where its virus databases are stored in a directory /opt/Comodo/scanners which by far is the largest sized directory. I am running Crunchbang (debian) ...
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Cannot delete broken symbolic link

I have a symbolic link formerly pointing to a Dropbox directory. I don't know what I did wrong, but apparently now it points to itself. hyper@mypi:/home/hyper/test$ ls -l total 1024 lrwxrwxrwx 1 ...
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Confused with symlinks - link created within a desired directory

during installation of the program, following window popped up: I continued with the installation and now I want to make symlink. The reason for this is that there is plenty of free space in ...
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Something like a symbolically linked file, but with change details attached?

Is there a file type or method for using files in which certain files look and behave like symbolically linked files, but contain extra meta information for changing the data when they are read? ...
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ls -l --group-directories-first (act on symlinks as well)

ls option --group-directories-first causes directories to be listed on the top, which makes the output of ls nice and clean: ls -l --group-directories-first However, it does not act on symlinks, ...
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Where are information stored information about hard/soft links

Where does the *nix system store information about number of hard links to a specific inode? I can't find any information about that. Everywhere what a hard link is but rarely a bit more advanced ...
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Why can't I edit links and directories directly?

There are programs such as hexedit that allow one to edit each bit of a file, and as I keep hearing that in Unix "everything is a file", I tried to edit some directory, expecting bytes referring to ...
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How can I find out if a relative symlink is internal to a certain subtree or not?

I want to test if a relative symlink points within the subtree of a certain directory. This example would yield false since it points outside the foo directory: /foo>readlink bar ../fie.txt While ...
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Moving a folder to a NAS mount

I currently have a small Centos VPS which has some local SSD disk - I am getting close to my storage limit as I am storing a lot of flat files which are accessed very infrequently so I am looking at ...
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Soft Link Detection

In my own LFS-based OS, I had created many softlinks. Soft-link can be deleted without harming the target. But is there any way that If I remove the a file or directory then, I will be notified ...
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Convert absolute symlink to relative symlink with simple Linux command

I have a complete sub-filesystem inside a path /home/user/system containing the standard Linux structure with directories /bin, /home, /root, /usr, /var, /etc,... This sub-filesystem contain symbolic ...
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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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udev GROUP and MODE assignments on symbolic link have no effect

I'm trying to connect my velleman k8055 board per usb to my pc. For this I have the udev rule SUBSYSTEM !="usb_device", ACTION !="add", GOTO="velleman_rules_end" ATTRS{idVendor}=="10cf", ...
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Symlink everywhere

Is there any way for me to symlink a particular file so that it appears in every directory on the system? So if I symlink /tmp/scratch No matter where I am I can type vi scratch?
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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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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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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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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 ...