I would like to completely link /root/.vidoes/ to the new directory /home/videos/

If a script tries to read/update/save a file to /root/.vidoes/ for example /root/.vidoes/newvideo.mp4 then it should be saved to /home/videos/newvideo.mp4 this also needs to be the case for hidden files or directories trying to be accessed from /root/.vidoes/xyz

I've tried ln -s /home/video/ /root/.video/ but that just makes a directory in /root/.video/video that links to /home/video

  • ln -s /home/video/ /root/.video/ - But that just makes a directory in /root/.video/video that links to /home/video
    – masterq
    Jul 2, 2018 at 13:27
  • That's a good start. Please add it to your question so we can (all) see what you have tried. Jul 2, 2018 at 13:28
  • If you have gnu tools then ln supports some flags to reduce this type of error. ln -T /home/videos .videos. You still have to move stuff as in @roaima's answer. It should produce an error if you don't instead of doing the wrong thing. (there is also a -t option, see manual). The -T and -t options are in Gnu ln, cp and mv. Jul 2, 2018 at 14:09

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Given your example command creates /root/.video/video instead of linking as expected, you appear to have both directories already present

  1. Move everything that is in /root/.videos to /home/videos

    mv /root/.videos/* /home/videos    # Assumes no files beginning with a dot
  2. Remove the /root/.videos directory

    rmdir /root/.videos                # If this fails, check no files are still hiding in here
  3. Link the existing directory

    cd /root
    ln -s /home/videos .videos
  • This comes back as ls: cannot access '.videos': No such file or directory on Ubuntu 17.10
    – masterq
    Jul 2, 2018 at 13:40
  • @masterq He had a typo. It's fixed now.
    – Kusalananda
    Jul 2, 2018 at 13:43

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