I know we can do that for files. What about directories?

It seems that cpanel uses that a lot.

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Most filesystem do not support hard links on directories. However, you can symlink directories.

You can bind mount a directory in Linux, which functions similar to a hard link from a user's perspective. Here is an example:

mount --bind /usr /home/user/foo

This is commonly used for chroot environments, since a symlink is relative the chroot's /, a bind mount can provide access to locations outside of the chroot.

  • Make that "no sane filesystem handles directory hardlinks"
    – vonbrand
    Jan 23, 2013 at 20:47

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