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How can I find all of the symbolic links in a directory, that point to the same target?

For example, here is a list files in a directory:

a -> target1
c -> target1
m -> target2
n -> target3
z -> target1

I want to get a list of what linked to target1. So the expected output will be:


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  • What would you want if there were recursive symlinks: t -> z? Would you want all four a c z t to be returned? – Jedi Dec 29 '16 at 10:33
  • Yes. All of them. – Omri Dec 29 '16 at 10:36

Consider the following directory structure:

lrwxrwxrwx [...] a -> target1
lrwxrwxrwx [...] c -> target1
lrwxrwxrwx [...] m -> target2
lrwxrwxrwx [...] n -> target3
lrwxrwxrwx [...] t -> z
-rw-r--r-- [...] target1
-rw-r--r-- [...] target2
-rw-r--r-- [...] target3
lrwxrwxrwx [...] z -> target1

Use GNU find to find all files pointing to the same inode:

find -L . -samefile target1
  • -L follows symlinks, even if you have recursive symlinks
  • -samefile finds all files which point to the same inode as the given paramter target1

The output in the above directory would look like this:


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