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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sshfs breaks symlinks from SFTP server

Does anyone know how to mount a remote SFTP path via SSHFS so that you can work with symlinks? When I do this, all the symlinks I create point to the wrong files (not the ones I linked to.) All the ...
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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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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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cp -a fails to copy symlinks on virtfs

Problem: Trying to copy the entire content of one directory to another which includes hidden files/directories and symlinks. This is fairly straightforward cp -a ${src} ${dst} It works as expected ...
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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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Map Home to External Drive

Whereas I have my OS (in this case, Elementary OS Freya) installed on my non-partitioned internal hard drive, I have an external hard drive with /Documents, /Downloads, /Movies etc. where I store all ...
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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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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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No access to symlink folder on NTFS partition

I am using an NTFS parition for storing data I like to access both from Ubuntu and Windows 7. On my Ubuntu HOME partition, I like to link the folder Assets in order to access it from an application ...
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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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Using symbolic links and git to manage build versions

In general I follow the following workflow when I build any program (e.g. emacs, tmux, etc.) /home/opt/[name of the program]/builds/[version]/ bin lib share For example for a program like tmux 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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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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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 exit,...
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Multiple Linux or Unix Distributions, Same Home Partition or Data?

To avoid conflicts I have always installed multiple Linux and Unix distributions each with it's own home partion or directory, and in the era of 3TB hard drives this is often very practical; I also do ...
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Mounting USB stick in place of HDD

I'm currently working on a raspian automated box. I've connected an HDD Drive to use as a Samba server and the download and temp folder for the transmission client installed. As the HDD is noisy (and ...
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rsync's “Read-only file system (30)” error

NB: This is a 2-part question: why does an error happen, and how to work around the error. (The two parts are related, inasmuch as the answer to the "why"-question may shed light on the "how"-...
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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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Unison replacing newer symlinks with older files using the option -force newer

I'm having a problem with Unison and symlinks. I created a test case for making it easier to understand and try this for yourself. First, we create the two directories that will be synced. And some ...
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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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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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LXC: shared folder in guest machine doesn't work as expect

Host machine has the following dirs: /srv/releases/A/db/DB1/ /srv/releases/A/db/DB2/ /srv/releases/A/files/ /srv/releases/B/db/DB1/ /srv/releases/B/db/DB2/ /srv/releases/B/files/ /srv/current - ...
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Unix/Windows dualboot OS-dependent file

I'm currently in a dualboot setup, where I work in both Windows and Debian. I've set up my Android development environment to share as many files as possible to save drive space, including my ...
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Copy directory tree, changing the target of absolute symbolic links

I wondered if there's an easy way to copy, scp, pipe tar, etc. host1:/base1/dir1 to host2:/base2/dir1. Other than the base directory, all the directory structure should be identical. `host1:/base1/...
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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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A program doesn't work when invoked through a symbolic link

I have an executable paraview in the directory ~/software/Para/bin/ and I want to create a soft link in my home directory. I have tried like this but could not succeed. sudo ln -s ~/software/Para/bin/...
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Create Symbolic Link for Windows Machines

I currently operate a SMB file server for my network and, like a lot of you guys, don't touch Windows myself. I need to create a symbolic link that will work on my user's Windows machine to \\SERVER\\...
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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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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 ...
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Symbolic link to a socket

From a security point of view, is it safe to create a symbolic link to a socket file? The following bits of context refer to the deployment of a web application on a shared hosting service. $ ls -al ~...
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Compare the options -T, -P and --no-dereference in coreutils

From the manual of coreutils, here are three quotes from three different places, where the first two are from options common to several utilities and the third one is from ln quote 1 -T --no-...
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Home folder GONE

Suddenly some of my files are not showing up in the browser. I decide to reboot and come back to a totally default home screen and home folder (all my files are gone). When I go to /home and type ls -...
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How to create symlink USB to COM port

I need help to create the udev rule. I need my my USB printer to be located as COM1. lsusb ouput: ‍Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0fe6:811e Kontron (Industrial Computer Source / ICS Advent) Parallel Adapter‍...
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How to create a symbolic link of all files in a directory using a shortened name obtained with using a piped cut on the filename

I have a directory full of libraries (*.so.0.*), and I want to use find to create a symbolic link to each file, named *.so.0. Here is a (non working) try: find $HOME/.local/lib64/ -name "lib*.so.0.*"...
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Symlink not working for /opt folder

I am in the midst of installing Java on red hat machine. So I downloaded jre-1_5_0_10-linux-i586.rpm and copied it into /opt/local. Then I ran sh ./jre-1_5_0_10-linux-i586-rpm.bin and finally I ...
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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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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: /mnt/...
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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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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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Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /home

I cannot access http://localhost/~user. The error message is: Symbolic link not allowed or link target not accessible: /home I do not have a /home. In my case it's: /RAID/home/*/public_html I ...
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Deleting of whole symbolic link folder when rpm -e is ran

I am currently building an rpm for RHEL 6.6. The installation of the rpm goes great the the command rpm -Uvh foo.rpm. However I run into a problem when I do the rpm -e foo command. The problem is ...
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Linux capabilities for java to resolve symbolic links

I run a java program by a non-root user. The program has to resolve a symlink to the real file name, but the link is owned by a different non-root user. I used setcap to set capabilities to open root-...
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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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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 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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Avoid infinite loops in file operations

In many programs, such as in this example filezilla, when I go to use certain directories they get stuck in an infinite loop. So I might be uploading a folder to an FTP server, but this folder links ...
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g++: error: /usr/lib/libGL.so: No such file or directory after uninstalling AMD drivers

This is a question asked several times all over the internet. Duplicates: http://askubuntu.com/questions/395544/g-error-or-nosuch-file-or-directory http://askubuntu.com/questions/470532/...
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make: i686-linux-gcc: Command not found

I am using Ubuntu-11.10 amd64 and trying to cross-compile a linux-2.6.38.8 kernel for a 32-bit target.I tried make CROSS_COMPILE=i686-linux- ARCH=i386 But I got error make: i686-linux-gcc: ...