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For the sake of simplicity, suppose the following situation, where folder is a symlink to new_folder:

.
├── folder -> new_folder/
├── new_folder
│   └── test.sh
└── exectest.sh

The contents of test.sh are:

#!/bin/bash
echo 'test'

The contents of exectest.sh are:

#!/bin/bash
echo 'executing test'
./folder/test.sh

If I run ./exectest.sh, the output is as expected:

executing test
test

Now let's suppose I want to remove folder, so I'll do unlink folder. But if I run ./exectest.sh, it'll throw an error:

executing test
./exectest.sh: line 3: ./folder/test.sh: No such file or directory

So my question is: how to remove folder without breaking exectest.sh?


If that matters, something similar is happening with my user folder: when I bought this computer, the ~ directory was /home/user/. After a while, I decided to change it to /home/new_user/. As in that period I had installed some programs that depended on /home/user/, I created a symlink called /home/user/ pointing to /home/new_user/. Now I want to remove /home/user/ and keep only /home/new_user/, but it will break some files that still depend on it.

What to do in this situation? Thanks in advance.

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There's no easy answer to this.

You're going to have to search through all the files that refer to /home/user (or folder) and hope that they're editable and can be changed to /home/new_user (or new_folder).

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  • What a pity... Do you think something like sed -i 's-/home/user-/home/new_user-g' /home/new_user/* could solve the problem? – Enzo May 4 at 15:10
  • It might. But it could also irretrievably corrupt non-text database files so beloved of subsystems like Gnome. – roaima May 4 at 15:40

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