A symbolic link ("symlink") is a reference to a file or folder which may exist on the same or another drive in the system. Symbolic links allow users to create a more logical file layout, when the files themselves may be spread across multiple disks or relocated to more convenient locations.

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Share a 'Local' relative link to a Dropbox folder

We use Dropbox for business, so have extensive shared folders. I want to provide a direct link to a file, but via the local copy not by a web link. In the particular case it is under windows in an ...
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Setting up symbolic links so they'll work with winSCP or similar program

My user has a home directory /home/user1 I want her to be able to edit files in: /home/user2 So I put symbolic links in her directory so like this: sudo ln /home/user2/file.php ...
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Change location “Download” folder from CMD - Windows 8.1

I'm trying to change the location of the Windows download folder. I want to do from the CMD and not from "right click - Properties - Location - Find Target". I already tried with the symlink (mklink), ...
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strange soft link ln command issue on Mac

I want to create empty directory /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_5.jdk/Contents/Home/, which points to the real directory /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_74.jdk/Contents/Home/, ...
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Windows junction invalid on network share

I usually have this setup on my Windows machines: I share a single folder such as C:\share as network share. Then I use mklink /J somedir C:\somedir to create junction points to directories I want to ...
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Cannot figure out how to use this MKLINK (Yes I read documentation properly prior)

Basically I have this software that only validates my key if it's installed on the main drive (where the license is located in appdata). I have to install my files on the C, which i don't want. So I ...
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centos - cannot create two symlinks to /var/www/html

I have two users chrooted to their home directories, that need access to /var/www/html. I tried to solve this by creating a files directory within their directories and in that files directory create ...
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How to migrate symbolic links from two folders?

I made a backup of "zimbra ce" rsync but I just realized that you have not copied symbolic links. I have a clean installation zimbra in /opt/zimbra/ and backup in /opt/zimbra_old/, how I can copy all ...
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SSHFS Permission Denied to symbolic link

I can mount a remote directory to /home/user/mnt and can see symbolic links via ls of that directory, but I cannot r,w, or x the links. I mount using the code below, using RSA key pairs for automatic ...
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How to make a symbolic link to an USB device under Windows? [duplicate]

Scenario: I use a PC running Windows (10). I run git. git looks up the directory %USERPROFILE%\.ssh for the private keys. Problem: I want to keep my keys on my removable USB drive. I can make a ...
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Link errors with symlinks

I've moved all the files of ./usr to an external drive /home/Linkados/usr (SD card 8Gb) using $rsync --progress -l -r /usr /home/Linkados/usr Then I created a symbolic link from my SD to my flash ...
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Too many levels of symbolic links

I want to simply link a source file to a destination file. However, I get Too many levels of symbolic links and don't know what is wrong with my files. Here are the information [root@cluster ~]# ls ...
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Why symlinks can slowdown git?

I keep my current working project on SSD drive but git folder inside is symlinked from another (encrypted) disk with mklink /J /D. SmartGit warned me that using symlinked git folder may have a ...
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Apache and Symlinking

I have a WSGI python webapp running on my home computer, and the database it accesses has become too large for my root directory. I have moved and symlinked /var/www/html to /home/var/www/html (which ...
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Why does make install not update my symlinks?

DEAR FUTURE PEOPLE: When this happens, try adding --prefix=/usr/ or --prefix/usr/bin/ to the end of the command to invoke the config script. I thought that the entire point of including a ...
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Windows: Is a symlink to NUL (or \\.\Device\Null) possible?

I have an application at hand, which insists on writing huge amounts of log lines into a file, that I have to clean out manually all the time. Is it possible to somehow replace the file with a ...
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Apache fails to display/follow symbolic links

I'm running apache v2.4 to host a personal web site on my office mac mini running OS X 10.10. The basic site is working fine but its throwing the 403 forbidden access error when I add symbolic link to ...
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symbolic links that will not break even after copying [duplicate]

I want to create a symbolic link which will not break even after copying the entire directory( which includes the link and its target) in a pendrive/sd-card and using the pendrive/sd-card in other ...
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Backup symlinks to files with bacula

I use Bacula to backup my files, but there are some symlinks that pointing to files I do not backup, how can i tell bacula to backup the files under symlinks, I know that for folders /. should be ...
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Symbolic linking in Terminal (What am I doing wrong?)

I want to create symbolic links for all files in a folder parent/target/. I want the links to be in the folder parent/destination/. My working directory is parent/ for the following terminal output ...
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How to delete D symbolic links. I messed up pretty bad

my disk space was low so i moved my documents and downloads targets to my flash drive in order to play sims 3, that was pretty successful. At the same time i think i used a mklink d to make make a ...
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Error creating mklink on SoftwareDistribution folder

I'm trying to create mklink for Windows 10 updates to be stored in my HDD instead of SSD where Windows are installed. I use net stop wuauserv command to stop the service and mklink /j ...
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Is it possible to create a user-dependent link to a network folder?

This is, I guess, more of an academic question, but is it possible to create a link at common pointing to the user's network-home directory? So, when user A follows this link, it points to ...
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Symbolic link doesn't work across drives

I'm on Windows 10. Running the command: mklink /D "G:\test" "C:\test" ...Is successful. However, in explorer when I double click the folder on G:\ and try to access any file in there, it says ...
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Can't get symbolic links to work with the mklink command in cmd

I'm trying to create a symbolic link in cmd (yes, I have admin privileges) like this: mklink /D "G:\test" "C:\test" The command runs without issue: "Symbolic link created for G:\test <==> ...
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Hardlink on same drive gives error about different drive

I'm using mklink /h to create a hardlink from "d:\some folder" to "d:\some other folder" and Windows 7 is telling me "The system cannot move the file to a different disk drive." But it's NOT a ...
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Cannot change files after creating a symlink in Windows 8.1

I created a symlink in Windows 8.1 (to point my documents folder to dropbox). Since then I am no longer able to write or delete contents in that folder. I always get an access denied error (but I am ...
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unable to remove symbolic links of rsync copy of /bin and /dev

I accidentally made a rsync copy of my root directory, "/" using the -a option, as follows: user@mycomputer:~$ rsync -a / /backup-dir user@mycomputer:~$ ls -l /backup-dir/ total 10102784 drwxrwxrwx 1 ...
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File Operations Using Symlink Source/Destination

I've created a set of symlinks which I can use in BASH with CDPATH: 'desk' which points to my desktop, and 'docs' which points to my documents. I can cd using these symlinks cd docs without problems, ...
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Can I hardlink my desktop folder to a different partition so I can put big files on it?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but a hardlink is esentially like a shortcut that can trick applications to think it is a real folder. It allows you to specify an application to point to a shortcut to save ...
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WIndows 10 & symbolic links problems

I have a dual boot configuration composed of Windows 7 and Windows 10. Both are configured a C: disk as system and D: as data disk, which includes Users directory. And I have also another (physical, ...
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How to configure Windows 7 firewall outbound rules for symlinked applications?

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate. I have set the built in firewall in outbound white list mode (block unless allowed by a rule). Now I'm trying to configure some outbound rules for the built in ...
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How to allow ftp user acess folder outside his root directory?

I am trying to create an ftp user that will have access to several folder on public_html but I don't want him to get access to all folders in public_html. Just to the specific ones. Here is the ...
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Use Junction or symbolic link to “rename” NTFS directory

I was wondering (indeed it would be very useful) if it is possible to use NTFS Junction, symbolic link or something like that to use an alias for some directory, and at the same time to hide the ...
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Running fsck.ext3 removes symlink to device

I have an external usb drive for which I have udev create the symlink /dev/externalbackup when it is plugged in via the following rule: KERNEL=="sd?1", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0c0b", ...
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looking for list of symlinks in Dropbox folder - find syntax not working

I am trying to move my Dropbox folder from an External Drive to a different External Drive. I was getting error messages that files couldn't be moved and according to Dropbox tech support it's ...
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Can't delete symlink with backslash or file extension in the name - Windows/IBM/Unix PHP

We created test symlinks from the PHP 5.2 symlink function running on IBM i AIX (Unix) PowerSystem 5 (OS400 V7R1M0) but with backslashes or the file extension in the name (like .pdf), and are unable ...
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creating symbolic links on networked drive

I'm trying to better organize my public folder at work and I need to maintain old links that I have emailed to people in the past. I'm thinking of creating symbolic links so that I can maintain those ...
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rsync “file has vanished” for broken symlinks when --del is used

I'm using rsync on a Synology NAS to make daily hardlink-snapshots from all shares. To have a off-site backup, I'm copying the local backup away. Due to performance, only the newest backup is copied ...
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Windows 7 better shortcut link tracking

If I move the target of a shortcut to somewhere else on the same drive or just rename it, Windows will figure it out and update the shortcut. If I move it to another drive, Windows will lose the link. ...
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Robocopied Junction not Showing Icon? Robocopied Symbolic Link also Not Showing Icon?

I'm not familiar with how robocopy handles junctions, symbolic links, and hard links. I tried to copy one of each, and I noticed the icon that shows over a junction and symbolic link does not seem to ...
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Are symbolic links in /usr/local/bin to scripts in users home directory a security risk?

When I want a script (usually bash or python) to be executable from anywhere in my folder structure, I tend to put a symbolic link into /usr/local/bin. Thus, I don't have to recopy the script every ...
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How to Count Hard Links, Symbolic links, and Junctions on an Ntfs Volume

I know of some programs that claim to count one or the other, but I don't know of any that can count all three. I would like to count all three and print out a list like so: Hard Links: 123 ...
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Jump Drive Letters in Web Server URL

We have an internal only web server. Let's call it 'blink' 'blink' is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 'blink' has a D: drive with a folder structure of D:/path/to/file.filetype The web ...
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How to create a consistent symbolic link from program files (x86)

I have two hard drives, and in the one which has the windows installation, I made a symbolic link from program files (x86) to another folder in the other drive. This way, the drives kind of add up ...
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Creating Symbolic Links in Cyberduck?

With SFTP, Cyberduck supports creating a symlink by right clicking a file or folder, and selecting create symlink. This then creates a symlink in the same folder as the file/folder you're linking to. ...
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RPM: How do I deal with “unpacking of archive failed … cpio: symlink”?

I've gotten stuck on a problem. I'm packaging an existing project into an RPM. It builds fine but when I run sudo yum localinstal --nogpgcheck <path to rpm> I get the following error message: ...
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Symlinks got deleted during programs upgrade

I have Windows 7 and for some programs, like dropbox and google drive, i have created symlinks for their folders in Users directory because i want to keep the settings for the programs out of C drive. ...
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Access denied when creating symlinks

One of the development tools we use (ember-cli.com) requires symlinks in order to be performant on windows. The recommended strategy is to either run your shell as an admin or to add the ...
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Error when extracting tar.gz file which contains symbolic link inside

I tried to compress the Repo folder (AOSP) into tar.gz.Source folder has many git folders and Symbolic links.It compressed without any error.But when i tried to decompress it using tar command it is ...