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$ ls -al
10 May  9  2011 HORCM -> /opt/HORCM
8 May  9  2011 bin -> /usr/bin
0 Mar 29  2012 core
Feb 18 05:36 dev

How do I list the link name and link location (where the link resides), when I know the directory where the link takes me to? I would like to know this for links to directories only. That is the reason I pasted only directories (HORCM is a directory) in the code above.

  • using the find command, but yes, you would have to search through all the potential places. sudo find / -name HORCM -type l -ls would search the entire filesystem
    – bsd
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 10:27

2 Answers 2


As the other answer states, there is no simple task to do that. You have to search the whole filesystem. Here is an approach:

find / -type l -ls 2>/dev/null | grep -P " -> .*HORCM$"

It uses find to search all links, then prints them in a form like ls -dils. At the end, the complete output is grepped for the folder you search. It may take a while to search trough the system.


There's no way of knowing what symbolic links exist that point to a particular directory or whatever, besides simply searching through the entire filesystem for symbolic links and checking what those links point to.

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