I get stuck to create a shell script for a new link something like that

link linkPathName orginalPathName

I want to create a link between a new link and original path; however, both can access together. For example, if orignialPathName was a directory, it also creates a link to access all files and folders for a new link

2 Answers 2


The correct command in use was:

ln -s orginalPathName linkPathName

To view the contents of a directory, use something like:

ls linkPathName/

For a non-directory, use command like this:

cat linkPathName

  • yeap, I created a link; however, how can I get the content through the link ? thank you .
    – cat916
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 11:32
  • @minhcat_vo updated answer with an example
    – daisy
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 13:17

Keep in mind, that there are two types of links:

  • symbolic ( soft ) link. it is just reference to a file or directory system wide ( more )
    To create it use

    ln -s /path/to/original/file /path/to/link

  • hard link. it is a new entry in file system, that referers to the same file (with dir it doesn't work) inside one filesystem only ( more )
    To create it use

    ln /path/to/original/file /path/to/link

The difference and advantages of each type you can find in the wikipedia.

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