Is there a way to create a symlink whose target does not exist using shell scripts?
man 1 ln, I do not see an option to do so; and even
-f checks if the target exists.
Is there a way to achieve what I'm looking for?
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When you run
ln -s nonexistenttarget link
ln doesn’t check whether
nonexistenttarget exists, it creates the link, unless
link already exists.
-f works around the last part by deleting
link if necessary.
The impact of a non-existent target is only felt when a program tries to dereference the link, e.g. by opening it:
$ ls -l link lrwxrwxrwx 1 steve steve 17 May 22 08:44 link -> nonexistenttarget $ cat link cat: link: No such file or directory