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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Directing old symbolic link to a different location

Example: I created a symbolic link into my /usr/local/bin folder using sudo ln -s ~/Desktop/package/Application/tool1 sudo ln -s ~/Desktop/package/Application/tool2 … I would like to move my ...
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Why are hard links to directories not allowed in UNIX/Linux?

I read in text books that Unix/Linux doesn't allow hard links to directories but does allow soft links. Is it because, when we have cycles and if we create hard links, and after some time we delete ...
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File -> ../../archive/folder/file restore

Hi i'm new to Linux and I need to use it temporary to set up LetsEncrypt. Once complete, I needed to move the /etc/letsencrypt/live/fullchain.pem file into the root dir but i moved the file ...
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Symlink to same directory

I've set up a ftp server for using ftp push on a tv recording page. I've created an extra user for this, who has only access to one directory, which the user is chroot-ed in. But the page does not ...
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copy and symlink mysql to another disk partition

I'm using ubuntu 12.04 and have two disk partition named: /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. my home partition and other programs are in /dev/sda. therefor any work like database benchmark on my mysql databases ...
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apache Virtual Host Configuration CentOS7

My host machine is Windows 7 and guest machine is CentOS 7. I am a new to Apache and I am trying to create VirtualHost on CentOS7. I have read a lot of documentation and a lot of answers over ...
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How do I make find follow most, but not all, symbolic links?

My OS and home directory are on an SSD. I store some large files on a hard disk, and symlink from my home directory to the hard disk (eg. ~/Videos/Films is a symlink to /mnt/hdd/Films). I also have a ...
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Installing programs on a removable drive

I am planning to install some software on removable media (which will presumably always be present in the computer, though it's possible that there could be occasions where it is absent). After doing ...
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Bash tab completion not working within symlinked directory

I'm working with Bash 4.2.46 on RHEL7 with the bash-completion packages installed, but I seem to have found an odd corner case where tab completion doesn't seem to work as expected. I have a set of ...
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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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get target file size by symlink on cifs share

in shared directory f:/dir on Win2008 absolute symlink created with mklink f:/dir/symlink2file f:/dir/file This share then mounted in Debian with mount -t cifs -o ...
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Symlink to clean up home directory

I'm currently trying to clean up my Mac. I hate it when my home directory (~) is full with config files and stuff I don't want to see all the time (.bash_history, .bash_sessions, etc.). My idea about ...
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Symlink to file which does not exist yet

I'm currently trying to cleanup my home directory by moving files like .vimrc, .bash_profile, etc. to a directory .dotfiles in my home directory. The idea is to use symbolic links to these files ...
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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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Can't see files in OwnCloud (Data Path set to existing directory)

I installed owncloud server on my Raspberry Pi (Jessie Lite) and got a problem seeing my files. I got three external HDDs I connected to my Raspberry. On boot I mount them to /mnt/ext1 / ext2 / ext3. ...
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Creating a symlink with a colon in the name on cygwin bash

I'm using bash, version 4.3.42(4)-release (i686-pc-cygwin) on cygwin. I want to create a symlink C: -> /cygdrive because a vagrant build process has that file path specified. The vagrant script has ...
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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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Make a shortcut to a program that changes to its directory

Sorry if this seems a daft question but I'm still new to Linux. Is there an equivalent of a Windows Shortcut in Linux (as opposed to a link) The problem I have is this: I have an application that ...
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Why can't I copy symbolic links?

cp: cannot create symbolic link ‘/xyz/pdq’: Operation not permitted So, I'm trying to copy one directory to a Veracrypt encrypted USB stick. Command I used was: cp -aL /source /destination I've ...
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Find files that were not installed by the package manager

I'd like to get a list of all files in my Gentoo Linux system that were not installed by the package manager (Portage). This is because I want to keep my system as clean as possible, removing all ...
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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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How can I determine last access of a symbolic link without updating it?

Over time, a once tidy directory structure is changed and extended in unanticipated ways on a needs bases. After enough years go by it becomes 'a mess'. Of course, I had nothing to do with it. :-) ...
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Is it evil to link to a crontab?

I think about doing something like: sudo ln -s ~/myCustomCrontab /var/spool/cron/crontabs/username because I'd like to have all customized files in my home directory. Possible risks I can think of ...
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Is there anyway to create a link that acts just like a shortcut?

I have Ubuntu 14.0.4 LTS. I have the following folder on my system: /opt/JBoss_4.0.4.GA/server/default/deploy Also I have this symbolic link to that folder on my Desktop: JBoss deploy -> ...
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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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Deleting symbolic links - Logics and how to [duplicate]

First, Happny new year all here! I'm very new to UNIX\Linux and I've mistakenly created the following Symlink: sudo ln -s /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/phpmyadmin.confservice ...
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What is a symbolic link made from? Understanding the structure of symlinks

I use Ubuntu 15.10 and I'm very new in Linux. After reading in Wikipedia what is a symbolic link in general, and after executing a symlink creation command in the Ubuntu Unix-bash terminal, I ought to ...
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Symlink files to mirrored directory tree

I'm attempting to symlink files to a mirrored directory tree. Both directories (source and desired destination of symlinks) are on separate mountpoints inside a FreeBSD jail. Source directory: ...
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How can I make symbolic link to a file in /home/user/.local/share to use with Alt+F2?

I apologize if this question is too elementary or if it has been asked previously. I did try to thoroughly search for it, but it is possible that I did not use the right keywords. I have zotero (a ...
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Connect Symbolic Link to program or script that returns a file

I wanted to know if I can make a symlink to a file say in a Database. This is a wild guess, but is it possible to intercept the link-follow say using a C function and then let function return the ...
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Are there any drawbacks from using mount --bind as a substitute for symbolic links?

Symlinks have limitations in how functions like ls, mv, and cp can operate on them because unlike shell initiated commands like cd, these functions do not have information about how the user accessed ...
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Dereference symlinks from a path

I have path to a file /home/jcubic/www/shell/config.json where www is symlink to /domains/jcubic.pl/public_html is it posible to get path /home/jcubic/domains/jcubic.pl/public_html/shell/config.json ...
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Equivalent of alias for a symbolic link?

I find myself needing to jump around a few directories in my home folder often and get tired of writing them. I would like a quicker approach, which would traditionally be a symbolic link. However, I ...
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Create symbolic link recursively, if file 1.JPG exists rename it to 1A.JPG

I have a shell script for creating symbolic links of all my photos from one year. The photos are from different cameras and are in subdirectories. f=$(pwd); export f; q="2015/"; z="2015_Links/"; find ...
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Find all dirs/files that have symlinks pointing to them?

I am in a situation where I want to delete some cruft, but there might be some symlinks pointing to the cruft, so I don't want to delete those targets. Is there a command or some switches that will ...
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Can GNU Stow use a stow directory that is a symbolic link?

Consider this script. #! /usr/bin/env bash mkdir -p target mkdir -p mydir/package/ touch mydir/package/file ln --symbolic mydir stow file stow stow --verbose --dir=./stow --target=./target package ...
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Symlink all directories under base - including new directories created. Ongoing Symlink

So i understand I could probably just use CRON to do this, because I can symlink directories under base using ln -s /base/* /target But just wondering if anybody knows a way to have this ...
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Symlink all subdirectories in a directory to another directory

I'm trying to symlink every directory in a folder to another folder. For example, in the structure below, I need the subfolders symlinked to folder2. - /home/chris/folder1 -- subfolder1 -- subfolder2 ...
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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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How do I create a shortcut for a script, and run it as a .desktop file?

I have installed Teamspeak onto my Ubuntu 15.10 system. Teamspeak requires a script to be ran in-order to start. How can I create a symbolic link that is a .desktop so I can open the .desktop file, ...
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Copy symlink AND where it points to using rsync

It doesn't need to be done by rsync, but it would be nice not have to write a script to do this, and rsync is very close to what I want. rsync -a (or -l) can preserve symlinks, and -L can dereference ...
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Why does httpd give an error following a symlink into my home directory on Fedora?

I've just re-enabled an app after OS change. Symbolic link to it is located of course in /var/www/myapp . After changing permissions to 0775 (even 0777 temporary), changing owner to apache:myuser, ...
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Undeletable symbolic link on smbfs/simfs

During a software installation, the configure script created a symbolic link with what seems to be ln -s foo foo on a smbfs filesystem mounted with the options ...
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How to copy symlinks as symlinks from one machine to another?

Let's assume I have two identical systems. On the first system I've created a symbolic link. On the second one I want to copy that symlink via sftp and the symlink shall work the same (i.e if the ...
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How to split FHS read-only and read/write directories across two disks with Linux/systemd, without partitioning the raed/write disk?

My objective is to have the physical storage for the Linux FHS read/write directories (/home, /srv, /tmp, /var) on a separate (logical or physical) disk from the potentially read-only rest of the root ...
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update-rc.d process output to symlink file

I have a script /etc/init.d/script.sh configured with update-rc.d to run on startup, which it does ok. It contains line: python pathto/script.py >> /home/sd/log.txt 2>&1 The script ...
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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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How to make a variable symlink ? (or something similar)

How can I make a variable symlink that would point to a different location according to the current user? Is it possible? Should I use something else instead? A mount point? How? Here is the problem ...
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How to make ls warning me about parent directory is symlink

I just found a scenario which i (or someone new to linux) might accidentally rm file because user thought it's duplicated file. Let's say i have this two binary files: [xiaobai@xiaobai note]$ ls ...
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How do I tell if a folder is actually a symlink and how do I fix it if it's broken?

How do I tell if I have a symlink, a shortcut of some sort, or a folder in Linux? Please see following screenshot. As you can see, the ls command lists objects where some are colored in dark blue ...