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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Should I use hardlinks for my “sites-enabled” folder instead of softlinks?

Every article I find about web servers suggest creating a sites-available and sites-enabled directory within apache/nginx/etc. Then, using symbolic (soft) links, create a link from the available to ...
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Symbolic link recursion - what makes it “reset”?

I wrote a little bash script to see what happens when I keep following a symbolic link that points to the same directory. I was expecting it to either make a very long working directory, or to crash. ...
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Darwin acl_get_file vs acl_get_link_np

On Darwin, there are two related functions - acl_get_file, and acl_get_link_np, which both query ACL information for a file. The difference is that, a) acl_get_link_np won't follow symlinks and, b) ...
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Make a symbolic link to a relative pathname

I can do this: $ pwd /home/beau $ ln -s /home/beau/foo/bar.txt /home/beau/bar.txt $ readlink -f bar.txt /home/beau/foo/bar.txt But I'd like to be able to do this: $ pwd /home/beau $ cd foo $ ln -s ...
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What exactly files whose names' prefix is “AT.postflight.” are needed for?

I am not sure if this question should be asked here, since I am on an OS X, but since I am using bash, and I am asking about the meaning and the purposes of some files. I am trying to understand why ...
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linux how to cd to parent folder if navigated through a symlink [duplicate]

I have following symlink in my home directory. lrwxrwxrwx 1 mtk mtk 43 Aug 8 20:35 tripple-bit -> /media/mtk/study/Collage/docs I use the symlink to navigate to the docs folder directly. But ...
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Deny permission to move a soft link

I have a soft link that was accidentally moved as a result of a user drag/drop operation in a Filezilla UI. Is there a way to prevent a user from moving the link but leaving all other permissions ...
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nemo: Context Menu Action Triggering a Script that Forces the Selected Symbolic Link to be Relative

My goal is to be able to right-click a symbolic link in nemo, triggering a custom script that forces the link to be re-written as a relative path, should it happen to possess an absolute path upon the ...
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Symlinks to directories not rendering properly through Samba

I maintain many projects at a time, and keep them all organized within a single directory, Projects. Now, keeping myself somewhat oriented necessitates the use of symlinks so as to associate useful ...
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How can I find broken symlinks

Is there a way to find all symbolic links that don't point anywere? find ./ -type l will give me all symbolic links, but makes no distinction between links that go somewhere and links that don't. ...
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How can I “relink” a lot of broken symlinks?

I have a directory tree which has a bunch of symbolic links to files under /home... however, I have moved /home to /mnt/home and need a way to "relink" all of the symlinks. Does such functionality ...
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Symlinked folder cannot be opened

Can someone explain this? ls displays the symlink $ ls -l .config/blender lrwxrwxrwx 1 rain rain 29 Aug 7 13:48 .config/blender -> SpiderOakHive/config/blender/ but this fails $ ls -l ...
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ln -srf is alternating between two different linking behaviors

I'm currently working on putting my dotfiles under version control, and I'm running into a weird behavior with ln -srf. My setup consists of a directory /home/agentwiggles/Code/dotfiles, which ...
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Why does ln -s accept a single argument

> cd /tmp > ln -s foo > ls -alhF /tmp lrwxrwxrwx 1 user user 3 Jul 29 14:00 foo -> foo Is this a bug in ln or is there a use case for symlinking a file to itself? This is with ...
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Force Bash 4 'globstar' option to ignore symlinks

Bash 4 has a fantastic option called 'globstar' that emulates (i.e. was stolen from) zsh's ** syntax for globbing across multiple directories. However, it's somewhat crippled (for my usage, at least) ...
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Can files with different inum be hard linked?

I am a new Linux user learning from Arch Linux and recently Linux From Scratch (7.7). I set up a new installation of AL to be my LFS host; I manually (and also with the provided bash script) checked ...
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Does Windows recognize Linux's symbolic links?

I was just wondering how a Windows system handles symbolic links. My best guess is that it will not recognize them, but I'm not entirely sure. Also, what do Macs do when confronted by one?
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Elegant Way To Store Dotfiles on GitHub

I need an elegant solution to store my dotfiles on GitHub for easy access. I tried to create a dotfiles directory and symlink all the dotfiles into there. Then I tried adding the symlinks to git and ...
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Unix equivalent of smart folders

What I want to do is present a directory, the contents of which are sourced from a series of other directories on the file system. It would be like a soft-link, only a link to multiple directories at ...
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Symbolic link creation failing: change ownership issue

I am facing some issue with creating soft links. Following is the original file. $ ls -l /etc/init.d/jboss -rwxr-xr-x 1 askar admin 4972 Mar 11 2014 /etc/init.d/jboss Link creation is failing with ...
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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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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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Does Linux have any symlinks by default? [closed]

I have written a program that performs health checks on servers. One of its functions is that it can check whether or not a symlink exists. I am currently in the process of writing unit tests (for use ...
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Best practice to mount directory in /home to directory in /media?

I have 4 drives on my home server. 3 external drives mounted in fstab to three individual directories in /media. The fourth drive contains a headless debian os install. I want to mount a directory in ...
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only show the source file and target linked file using `ls`

I can show the target file that a link points to using ls -l: snowch$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/mvn lrwxr-xr-x 1 snowch admin 29 12 Dec 08:58 /usr/local/bin/mvn -> ../Cellar/maven/3.2.3/bin/mvn Is ...
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Debian: How to resolve relocation error?

I am running Debian 7.1. I tried to apt-get install -f, and messed up. All command line returns ln: relocation error: /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libc.so.6: symbol _dl_find_dso_for_object, version ...
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How to find only the name of a link? [closed]

Specifically, I need to write a C program where I put inside the pathname of a symbolic link and on output I print only the name of that symbolic link(not the name of the file pointed by the link). ...
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sym link for android-studio/bin/studio.sh

I tried creating a symbolic link for android studio as such sudo ln -s android-studio/bin/studio.sh /usr/bin/asw I chose asw as the keyword to hopefully launch the executable studio.sh from anywhere ...
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Make cd follow symbolic links

I have my code mounted as an sshfs in my home directory, but the hierarchy is difficult to remember, so I created a symlink in my home directory leading to that directory. Is there a way so that when ...
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Can see file in /usr/local/bin with ls, but attempting to run it yields file not found?

I'm on OS X, but since this is terminal work I figured this was the best place to ask. I'm trying to get Sublime Text to work at the command line via subl and having no luck. I ran ln -s <location ...
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Is it possible to create a virtual directory in Linux?

Like this way in Windows mklink /D Virtual_Folder_Here Real_Folder_Here. I was unable make work alias in Apache virtual sites in Windows so I made a virtual directory. Is this possible in Linux too?
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What is the difference in file size between Symbolic and Hard links?

I plan to keep all my movies in one giant folder, and then create other folders for the genres, while creating links for all the movies in the genre folder. This way I can organize movies into ...
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Creating an symbolic link in /bin automatically creates a second link in /usr/bin and the which command chooses /usr/bin

I just created an executable: ln -s /path/to/script.sh /bin/script then I check if everything succeeds and it does(/bin/script is created) but this has also created: /usr/bin/script and if I ...
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Asterisk behaviour in creating links

I am trying to create symbolic links for a set of files. Suppose I want to link all the files with the pdf extension from an origin_directory to my present directory. Up to now I have this command: ...
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ldconfig creates a link to a link to a library

Is it correct for ldconfig to create a link to a link which points to actual library, instead of creating a link pointing to a library? Example: [root@server lib64]# ll liblber* -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root ...
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Creating deep symlink

Some python packages has the following structure: python code in /usr/shared/pyshared/lib_name and symlinks on python sources in /usr/lib/python2.x/dist-packages/lib_name. However, lib_name in ...
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How do you add a bash script to your PATH variable using symlinks?

I run a gaming server called PocketMine. So basically I have a folder in my home directory that has a bash script to run the server: ~/PocketMine/start.sh Everytime I want to run the server I either ...
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Adding a new directory to PATH vs. a symlink for directory already in PATH

In setting it up so I could execute Sublime Text from bash, I discovered two methods of doing this via different tutorials: Method 1) Create a symlink from /usr/local/bin/subl to Sublime's bin dir: ...
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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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Change permissions for a symbolic link

I have a symlink with these permissions: lrwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 38 Aug 18 00:36 npm -> ../lib/node_modules/npm/bin/npm-cli.js* The symlink is located in a .tar.gz archive. Now when I ...
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Creation of symlinks

I am following the tutorial http://www.olindata.com/blog/2013/12/building-ha-cluster-openvz-drbd-heartbeat-and-pacemaker. I got up to here: symlink folders in /var/lib/vz to /etc/vz The /etc/vz has ...
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Samba does not show symlinks

I am using samba under ubuntu 14.04 and I try to share a folder which includes a symlink to a directory that lies on an external drive. If I access the samba share from other devices (like android ...
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Duplicity include/exclude directories & symlinks

I'm trying to configure Duplicity to perform a system-wide settings backup. Among other things, I'd like to backup settings in /etc/portage/, the file /usr/src/linux/.config and the KDE autostart ...
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Create symlink - overwrite if one exists

I want to take down data in /path/to/data/folder/month/date/hour/minute/file and symlink it to /path/to/recent/file and do this automatically every time a file is created. Assuming I will not know ...
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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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Adding to path vs. linking from /bin

Our sys admin installed a software application (Maven) on the server and told everyone to add the /usr/local/maven/bin/ folder to their path. I think it could be more convenient to just link the few ...
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Moving 4 system folders to 1 separated partition

Some background: I have installed Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my laptop SSD on a 10GB formatted partition and i have another HDD with 75GB, both ext4 formatted. The question part: I have two partitions ...
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How to copy directory structure without removing symlinks?

I need to "install" a bunch of files to another directory keeping the directory structure of the source files intact. For example, if I have ./foo/bar/baz.txt going to /var/www/localhost/webroot/ I ...
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udev not running rule at boot?

I have a very simple udev rule at /etc/udev/rules.d/sdcard.rules: KERNEL=="mmcblk1", SUBSYSTEM=="block", SYMLINK+="sdCARD" Problem is the symlink is not created for me automatically at boot. I have ...
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