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I'm trying to symlink some php files using the following command:

find `pwd` -name "*.php" | ln -s * /home/frankv/www/bietroboter.de/symlinks

However, all the symlinks are broken because the little * does not reference the full path, only the file name itself. When I write them into a file using:

find `pwd` -name "*.php" > test.txt

It works. How can I pipe it correctly? Also, how can I tell it that I do not want any ".php" files that contain ".php~"

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A pipe takes the stdout from one process and connects it to the stdin of the next process; that doesn't make any sense for what you're trying to do (ln doesn't do anything with stdin).

You probably want something like this (untested):

find `pwd` -name "*.php" -execdir ln -s {} /home/frankv/www/bietroboter.de/symlinks \;
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Thanks Oli. What would I do if, let's say, they are all written down in a file and I read them out with cat test.txt? – Frank Vilea Dec 2 '11 at 19:24

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