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There are two directories A and B and a file F which is located in B. The working directory is B.

How can you create a symbolic link in A pointing to F in B without changing the directory?

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ln -s $(pwd)/F /full/path/to/A/link

Just supply the absolute path to both the file you want to link to and the the new symlink file. You can use pwd as a shortcut for your current path (e.g. B).

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Great, thx for the quick help. – Woltan Sep 14 '11 at 12:37

Try This (in bash);

 ln -s $(pwd)/${F} ${A}

Or this syntax in other shells

 ln -s `pwd`/${F} ${A}
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