dircolors --print-database to show the default
dircolors configuration and it included these lines (reformatted for clarity):
# symlink to nonexistent file, or non-stat'able file ... ORPHAN 40;31;01 # ... and the files they point to MISSING 00
I understand how a symlink can point to a nonexistent file. But how does it make sense to specify the color of the pointed-to file, since such a file can’t exist in the first place?