I have a directory that contains a link to another directory that I just created. I would like to remove the link but preserve the directory my link was pointing to. How do I do this?

> mkdir rgac
> ln -s /actual_dir_with_data/ /rgac/

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rm /rgac/actual_dir_with_data should do nicely (you created a link probably called actual_dir_with_data in /rgac). Don't worry, rm(1) doesn't remove directories unless specifically told to do so. And you can then delete only /rgac by rmdir /rgac (see rmdir(1)).

Probably what you wanted to do was ln -s /actual_dir_with_data /rgac


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