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I have a bunch of files in one directory and links to each one of those files in another directory. So ls -l looks something like this:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 rembol rembol   89 Jan 25 10:00 copyright.txt -> /home/rembol/solr/target/deploy/data/core/copyright.txt
lrwxrwxrwx 1 rembol rembol   92 Jan 25 10:00 jar-versions.xml -> /home/rembol/solr/target/deploy/data/core/jar-versions.xml
lrwxrwxrwx 1 rembol rembol   85 Jan 25 10:00 lgpl.html -> /home/rembol/solr/target/deploy/data/core/lgpl.html
lrwxrwxrwx 1 rembol rembol   79 Jan 25 10:00 lib -> /home/rembol/solr/target/deploy/data/core/lib
lrwxrwxrwx 1 rembol rembol   87 Jan 25 10:00 readme.html -> /home/rembol/solr/target/deploy/data/core/readme.html
drwxr-xr-x 3 rembol rembol 4096 Jan 25 10:00 server
drwxr-xr-x 2 rembol rembol 4096 Jan 25 10:00 startup

Now I want to move those linked files from /home/rembol/solr/target/deploy to /home/rembol/output/. If I do that my simply calling mv, links will break. I don't want to re-link each file separately, cause there are hundreds of them (they are generated automatically).

Is there some clever way to move linked files, rather than writing a script that unlinks, moves and relinks recursively for each file in each subdirectory?

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The short version is that mv can't do this. You'll need to retarget the links on your own. I was going to offer a suggestion on how to do this, but there's already a really good answer to a similar question posted over on the Unix/Linux site.

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