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Questions tagged [symlink]

A special type of file that references an inexistent or existing file or directory. The contents of a symbolic link consist of an arbitrary string that is the path to the file that the symbolic link points to. When the symlink is encountered during pathname resolution, the string stored by the file ...

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create symlinks by dropping version number

I have large number of shared libraries like this: libexpat.so.1.6.7 libqquicklayoutsplugin.so libstdc++.so.6.0.24 libexportlib.so.1.0.0 libqsvg.so ...
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Renaming parent directory of a directory that has symbolic links pointed to

I have created x number of symbolic links (ln -s path file) to a directory named templates that lives within mytheme directory. I would like to rename the theme folder but don't know the consequence ...
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How to append a new disk to an existing folder

I have a server with a program which rapidly writes data to a folder. I attached a new disk to the server, mounted it and now I want it to expand or replace the folder with data. The program works ...
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Accidently created symlinks that references themself

I tried to create symlinks to all my dotfiles. Create a new folder ~/Projects/dotfiles/ added symlinks into this. Then, after, i figured out that github dont track changes in symlinks i removed to ...
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“ls -l” doesn't show symlinks source paths

Before I reinstalled MacOS, ls -l showed symlinks with their source path. Now ls -l shows symlinks as regular files - without the source path. How can I make it show the source path? I'm on a clean ...
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What is a good command for moving a directory containing relative symbolic links to files outside the directory?

I like to use relative symlinks when possible because they stay valid even when my filesystem is mounted in a non-root location, for example if I am accessing it remotely. However, if I move a ...
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symbol lookup error gdbus

Keep getting this error: /usr/bin/gdbus: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgobject-2.0.so.0: undefined symbol: g_date_copy looking at: root@server-sl:~# ldd /usr/bin/gdbus linux-...
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How to change relative symlinked path to “actual” one (in ranger or terminal)

What is actual path? Consider folder A in the file system and a symlinked B to it. Consider currently in ranger (or terminal) inside a sub-directory within B such as /home/B/sub1/sub2 which is in fact ...
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Samba: symlink pointing outside the shared directory tree is not visible to clients

I want Samba share to contain a symlink to directory outside the shared directory tree. Of course I don't want clients to be able to tamper with anything else on the server filesystem except for the ...
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Symlink in KDE start menu

I have a handful of useful .sh scripts in /scripts/. I would like to add this to my start menu as follows: There is a menu folder called "scripts". As a sub menu, I'd like to somehow have a symlink ...
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creating test1 and test2 files in /var directory in Linux, [closed]

I need to create test1 and test2 files in /var directory in Linux , and creating Hard link for test1 file and soft link for test2 file in /tmp
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Error: Links are counted has space used on quotas [closed]

My OS is: CentOS Linux release 7.5.1804 (Core) This problem appeared after a linux update some time last month (i don't know when). Before that, everything was working fine. I have a folder on my ...
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Is there a simpler way to create a symbolic link to a file in the current directory than by typing out the complete filepath?

I know that when creating symbolic links the paths must be absolute, or relative to the destination location If I'm making a link in /usr/local/bin that points to a file in the current directory, is ...
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Why do I temporarily get 'Input/output error' reading a symbolic link in a NFS mount?

I use scp to copy some files to a XFS local partition on a file server host and create a symbolic link to new deployed files locally though SSH. That partition is exported through NFS and mounted on ...
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backup with tar

I have found that I need this command to make a full backup of the Etc folder tar cJPf /srv/dev-disk-by-label-Share/Myfiles/$(date +%F)-$(hostname)-etc-tar.xz /etc/ But what command do I need to ...
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The wrong links in gnubin but still work [closed]

I check the directory ls -l /usr/local/opt/coreutils/libexec/gnubin and come with $ ls -l /usr/local/opt/coreutils/libexec/gnubin total 0 lrwxr-xr-x 1 me admin 12 Oct 27 12:50 '[' -> '../../bin/g[...
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How can I set the access right to 'l' for every directory in a path (in an Andrew File System)?

I saved a java program (demo.java) in a university's linux server inside of a directory called "Codes". The Codes directory itself is in the Desktop folder. So the path of the java program is Home/Bob/...
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Symbolic Link: Have all programs “think” the target path was entered directly

(Linux Mint, 18.3, based off of Ubuntu 16.mumble) TL;DR I want apps to open a symlink path and not "know" that it's a symlink, but believe that I opened the destination directory directly. Wordy: ...
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PTY accessible by group membership inaccessible by symlink?

I'm setting up a Linux application which interfaces with programs designed to talk to a serial port. What's strange is that while I can access the pty by symlink if I am the owner user (klipper), I ...
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Host of issues stemming from too many symlink levels errors

Ok. I understand the title can be misleading or confusing... so plz bear with me. On an AWS EC2 instance, I was upgrading imagemagick. Current installation was 6.8.x which is vulnerable, and I was ...
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Copy symlink not target with GNU `install`

GNU install seems to dereference symlinks. I've read the info page, and am none the wiser on how to get it to copy the symlink rather than its target. Is there any extra magic that install does not ...
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Am I hammering my SSD by keeping a symlink on it?

Instead of configuring my Nextcloud (Linux/Nginx/PGsql/PHP) server to look for a folder on my spinning hard drive mounted at /mnt/HDDfs/, I Sym-Linked /var/Nextcloud_Data so it points to /mnt/HDDfs/...
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find and symbolic link

I was skimming over the documentation of find to better utilize the command usage. I was reading the part that says GNU find will handle symbolic links in one of two ways; firstly, it can ...
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how to use find + xargs to make symlinks to selected files while keeping relative directory tree (uses gnu cp -s)

I'm trying to replicate select files from a directory structure as symlinks in a duplicate directory, eg from a directory structure such as this: ../1/a/data1.txt ../1/a/file1.txt ../1/a/b/file2.txt ...
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How to add link to a device permanently

Using the command: ln -s /dev/ttyUSB0 /dev/gps0 I link the device gps0 to ttyUSB0. The problem is after rebooting the machine, the created link will disappear and I should create it again. Is there ...
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Can you create a cycle in the directory structure using symbolic link?

Operating System Concepts says when we add links, the tree structure is destroyed, resulting in a simple graph structure (Figure 11.13). Could you create the cycle book->avi->book using ...
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mate-panel run dialog won't accept symlinks

I have a symlink /usr/local/bin/foo -> /opt/foo/bin/foo, and I use Cinnamon (which uses the mate-panel) on Devuan ASCII (= Debian Stable). Now, if I Alt+F2-run /usr/local/bin/foo - nothing happens;...
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Can I access to the real path of a symbolic link in nautilus without scripts or terminal?

I made a symbolic link to a folder using the command ln. This link is located in my Desktop folder, the path of this link is as follows: /home/user/Desktop/workspace/ The real path is: /home/user2/...
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Accessing symlink in docker mount

I have a docker container which mounts letsencrypt /live dir. The certificates in the live dir are actually symlinks to the latest certificates in /archive dir, named in a sequential manner (...
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Copying a source directory using the command cp -rsf when target directory exists

On Centos 7, when I use the command: cp -rsf /path/of/source /path/of/target When the target directory exists, files would go to /path/of/target/source. How can I avoid that? EDIT: source and ...
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How to list the available soft-link directories in a server linked with NFS mount

We have many directories on a server. These directories were created as soft-link and linked it with some NFS share. I would like to list the soft link directories which linked with NFS shares. we ...
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How to execute ln on find results

I want to make symlinks for image files in a directory in the server. Currently I'm doing it by executing this command using php function exec(): ln -sf path/to/source path/to/symlink Both file ...
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Changing symlink path creates additional folder

I tried to change an existing symlink which is accessable under cd ~/symlink_file_name to another folder with the following command: ln -sfn /usr/home/myusername/testfolder symlink_file_name (since ...
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Automator bash script service to create Dropbox symlink

I'm trying to create an Automator service(in the right click menu) that creates a symlink of the folder/file and moves it to the Dropbox folder. This is what I have right now: while [ $# -ne 0 ]; do ...
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creating symlink [closed]

On my support machine, my / filesystem is very small and I frequently get alerts. df -h / Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/vg00-lv_root 7.8G 6.6G 805M 90% / ...
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Relative symlinks not resolving in subdirectory

I've got the following directory layout: /home/me/mydir \- tiller -> ./cache/git-repo1/subdir1/tiller \- makefiles -> ./cache/git-repo2/subdir2/makefiles When I'm in /home/me/mydir if I ...
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perl symlink on gz file

I have a file file1.txt.gz and I am trying to create a symlink to a regular file as below using perl symlink ("file1.txt.gz", orig_file1); But this doesnt seem to work unless I add .gz suffix to the ...
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Is it possible to find symbolic link and file together [duplicate]

As we know, the option -type can indicate the type of file that the command find is looking for. find . -name xxx -type d is to search for the directory, find . -name xxx -type f is to search for the ...
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Overwrite symlink with original file

I have a directory with some symlink file, for example: /home/user/symlink/$(*symlink_file_name1*).mkv /home/user/symlink/$(*symlink_file_name2*).mkv And I have another directory with the original ...
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Thunderbird not willing to start firefox when binary replaced with symlink

I've been using the Debian "alternatives" mechanism to support multiple installed versions of Firefox. Regardless of the specifics, the bottom line is that instead of /usr/bin/firefox being a binary, ...
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Symbolic link to python 3.6 is ignored

How can the following be? dims@pterosaur:~$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/python3 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 Aug 15 12:18 /usr/local/bin/python3 -> /usr/bin/python3.6 dims@pterosaur:~$ which python3.6 /usr/...
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Disable commands in Alpine Linux

I want to attempt to increase the security of some Alpine Linux Docker containers which run Nginx and other servers. I would like to disable commands like ls, cat, ed or sed, so that they are ...
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Where do I find the allowed maximum number of symlink dereferences? [duplicate]

In the book The Linux Programming Interface, it says The kernel imposes limits on the number of dereferences to handle the possibility of circular chains of symbolic links. Where can I find ...
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I need to find only directories in the directory but exclude a linked directory and its link

I am in a root directory and have some folders inside: 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 shortcut -> 0.6 I need to list the above directories without both shortcut as well as 0.6 folder. I don't won't to ...
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Linux 'cp' copies symlink instead of target file

In my directory I have 2 files: a text file and a symbolic link to that text file. base_v21.txt -> base_v001.txt base_v001.txt When I try to copy base_v001.txt using the following command: # cp ...
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symblic link across a mounted fs

I have access to a disk that has been mounted across servers such that the directory storage2:/sdb1/users is visible from my server at local1:/mnt/storage2/users. There's a big file I'd like access ...
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Why does conda not use symlinks for duplicate dependencies? [closed]

I wondered whether conda actually made duplicate files for certain dependencies shared by independent environments. I installed two environments env1 and env2. Then I installed the same module ...
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How to create a custom command or shortcut/symlink to run the standalone program?

Friends I have downloaded tor bundle which is a standalone package. I'd like to create a custom command "torbrowser". I followed these steps, --> I copied entire tor bundle to my /usr/local directory ...
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How can I trick Plex Media Server into writing logs to a black hole?

The quick version: I want to point my '/volume1/Plex/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Logs/' directory to a black hole, so nothing gets written to it. Is there a way to do this? Will it ...
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How do hard links, symbolic links, and ACL folder permissions interact?

This one was a bit tricky for me to realize, but I came across a very weird behavior involving ACL extended file permissions and hard/symbolic links. I'll do my best to keep my question short and to ...