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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Replace “Package Cache” with a symbolic link

Is it safe to replace the "Package Cache" directory with a symbolic link (junction) on an attached HDD?
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Is it safe to move C:\Users and add a symbolic link\junction?

I am using Windows 8.1 and the Users directory has got a bit big (22.2Gb). I'd like to move it off the SSD and onto the massive HDD. Is it safe to replace is with a symbolic link from the SSD to the ...
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Using CIFS to mount a Windows share that symlinks another Windows share

I have a Windows Server 2008 VM that hosts some files that are accessed by a mixture of Windows and Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) machines via a windows share. Due to space constraints on the VM host that the ...
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Is there a way to set the symlink attribute for a file in Linux?

I have a directory that I moved from a Linux file system to an NTFS file system and broke all of the symlinks. Moving them back didn't fix the problem because all the symlinks are now very small files ...
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Share Firefox History and Bookmarks without using Firefox Sync

I'm using Tor Browser 3.5.3 having Firefox 24.0.0 ESR and another Firefox 29.0.b1 . I want to have my Web Browsing history, Bookmarks to appear in both the TOR and standard Firefox. Inbuilt Firefox ...
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Inheritance system for folders (symlinks?)

Okay, here's the scenario. I have a base folder "Base" that has a blank, multipurpose template. However, this template is 12 gigabytes. I want to be able to have an inheritance system where linked ...
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Can't create symlink on Windows VM's mapped network drive

I have a Server 2008 VM (Parallels 9), and I share a folder from OSX via a mapped network drive "T:". I am trying to make a symlink from one folder on T: to another folder on the same drive, like so: ...
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Windows 8.1 - Failed Symbolic Link Caused Windows To Be Unable To Log In

I was needing to have my Users folder on my Hard Dive instead of my SSD where my Operating System is. However, after following the answer provided by @2mc56 on a Microsoft Community question, I was ...
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Not able to reference softlinks in a script

we have couple of softlinks to scripts a directory in our current directory. Let's take we have two softlinks , script1 and script2. We are referencing script2 from within a script1 like below. . ...
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Apache trying to access directory that doesn't match symlink

I've got a symlink like so: /home/site1/public_html/site2 whereby site2_symlink was set up like this: ln -s /home/site2/public_html/ site2 and I have follow symlinks turned on in my Virtual ...
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Show one folder's content in other folder

My question is about Linux. I have 2 folders - /home/user/first and /home/user/second. In the /home/user/first there are some files. The second folder is empty. What I want to do is to have ...
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Should I make `emacs` a symlink or environment variable?

When I apt-get install emacs I can just type emacs and it launches. But I decided to replace the apt repository version (23 currently) with the latest stable release (24.3). Now, I'd still like to ...
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Symlinks, junctions and copys to preserve data in Dropbox

I am trying to outsmart Dropbox here but I'm losing the battle so far. I am running a windows shell extension that allows symlinks, junctions, smart copys, smart mirrors, delorean clone, hardlink ...
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SymLink only works in the same directory

user@laptop ~ $ sudo ln -s ~/Games/JA/openjk.i386 ~/Desktop/JA user@laptop ~ $ readlink -f ~/Desktop/JA /home/user/Games/JA/openjk.i386 As you can see, the symlink points to the file, but when I try ...
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Link My Documents folder to external SD Card

I have a laptop with 120GB SSD (limited space) and a 64GB SD card in the laptop. I have cloned my hard drive from a clean install of all the software installed. I would like to have the My Documents ...
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How to get OSX/Linux to recognize Windows Symlinks

When connecting to a Windows share through OSX or Linux, symlinks are not properly recognized. They either appear as aliases with no target, or as folders with no permissions to access. At this point ...
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Using shortcuts to create identical file structure

I've got a Debian based OS with TV shows spread over multiple disks but the series are not all on the same disk. For example, Show1 has 10 Season, Season 1,2, 4 and 5 are on Disk1, 3, 6 and 8 on ...
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Have Yum Update vmlinuz, initramfs Symlinks In /boot Automatically (Fedora)

Whenever Yum updates the kernel, there's a new set of (vmlinuz* initramfs*) files in /boot and the Grub config is updated to directly point to those new files. Where is the setting that will force ...
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Windows 8.1 Quick Link Menu not working

The problem is the links not working. The menu does come up, but clicking on any button does nothing. I upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 through Windows UpdateI was originally using the default ...
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Is there a way to disable resolving symlinks for OSX 'open' utility?

Suppose I have file called a.txt and another file b.txt which is a symlink pointing to a.txt. I also have my own developed application which is set as a default application for .txt files. Now when I ...
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Perforce, UAC, and symlinks on Windows 7/8

I've met with the following interesting behavior; I'd appreciate if someone could explain the mechanics behind: When I get the source via Perforce, and it contains a symlink (for example as part of ...
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Is there software/program that can bulk symlink a bunch of files? What about a shell script?

I have like a couple hundred different files I want to symlink, is there any program where I can select all the files I want to symlink (keeping the same file name in the symlink destination) and then ...
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Remove Windows link associations from recursively linked files (created by mistake)

So, because of Windows' bone-headed reverse syntax and the generally piss-poor command line utilities, I accidentally created several hundred recursive links on files in many directories and nested ...
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How can I create hardlinks to an OSX bundle? Or the symlinks inside the bundle?

I have a hierarchy of files that I need to hardlink to a temporary install location. Some of those files are frameworks. Frameworks are bundles but essentially just folders, which aren't supported by ...
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Apache2: having trouble setting new projects

I just installed LAMP on Linux Mint 15 and ran into troubles when setting up my projects. First I tried putting a symlink into the /var/www directory that points to the project folder in my home ...
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Create symbolic link in Windows 7 for Google Chrome storage

Google Chrome, and for that matter all Google apps are eating up my hard drive space. I want to tell Chrome to use some other directory for storing all the data. I followed the technique of adding ...
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How to move target a Windows shortcut points at and allow existing shortcut work?

I would like to do the following: Create a shortcut to a folder (say mLink.lnk --> C:\tmp) This will be emailed to users Move and/or rename the folder (C:\tmp --> C:\tmp2) Setup intermediate step ...
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Linux symbolic links not showing in Windows over FTP

I have set up my Raspberry Pi as a storage server. It has a 2TB disk attached to it via USB and I installed ProFTPd to provide access to it. CIFS/Samba had too much overhead, eating away all of the ...
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How can I get Chrome multiple users to recognize symlinked extensions?

I have multiple Chrome users. To save time and space on extensions that are the same (state / prefs / etc) across all users, I've symlinked most extensions (e.g. Profile 4/Extensions/xyz -> ...
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Move AppData (via symlink?) to a different drive

I've been looking for ways to move AppData off my SSD but the symlink methods won't work since they attempt to make the link in the folder that my AppData folder is in. Since the folder exists and ...
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How is it that symbolic links can be used across different filesystems, and hard links cannot?

How is it that symbolic links can be used to link across different filesystems? And why is that hard links cannot be used across different filesystems?
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Creating symlink for C:\Program Files

Is it possible to create a symbolic link in Windows that redirects C:\Program Files to another drive?
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Hard drive corrupts when in use and appears as RAW after reboot

At the moment all of my steamapps folder is on a separate drive connected via a symbolic link. Last week while in game the program crashed and would not quit, even after terminating from the Task ...
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How to hide the destination of a symbolic link

Say for instance I want to link the following two directories with a command like this: ln -s /home/usertwo testdir When I click ls, in the directory where this link is created, i will see ...
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Symlink or move AppData back to SSD?

Recently I reinstalled my desktop box with Windows 7 Professional N. Since I have a 256 GB SSD as the OS drive and two 1 TB HDD's I decided to change ProfilesDirectory from C: to E: and keep all my ...
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Deleted C:/Users when deleting symbolic links, can't login now. [Win7]

Running Windows 7 64-bit. I had symbolic links for C:/Program Files, C:/Program Files (x86), and C:/Users to D:/Program Files, D:/Program Files (x86), and D:/Users, respectively. Tried to solely ...
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Can someone compare and contrast Linux “ln -s” and Windows “mklink \J”

I am very familiar with command line commands in linux, and how symlinks(ln -s) work. I am trying to duplicate this feature in windows. Specifically I would like to convert my downloads folder that is ...
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ls -lrt showing file which is not present

When I do ls -lart in my current working directory it shows lrwxrwxrwx 1 root 10004 36 Dec 16 17:59 index.html ->/home/moviebeam/assets/ui/index.html But I cannot see contents of the ...
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CentOS - how to use ln command in this situation?

Create a file like the log file in CentOS, when this log file is updated, then the copy of the log file is also updated. Maybe I use this command: ln -s logfile copy_of_logfile Then when logfile's ...
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How can you run setup files from a symbolic link in windows 7

Create a symbolic link to a network software repository. C:> mklink /d Software \my.network\some\software Run C:\Software\MyProgram\Setup.exe It fails for most installations, including Visual ...
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No performance increase on I/O intensive operation after symlink to ramdisk

We have a system that transforms a set of several thousand multi-MB files. After every step in the transform, it writes the intermediate file to disk. The concept is similar to a scratch disk. We ...
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Symlink to a directory including the trailing slash and without

Is there any noticeable difference between symlinking to a directory including the trailing slash and doing it without, i.e. the difference in doing ln -s somedir/ dir vs. ln -s somedir dir whereby ...
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Symlink contents of a folder not the folder itsself

I am trying to create a symlink, this is a little scetch a |--b |--c |--d |-bunch of files |--e |-file1 I would like to make a symlink that links the contents of folder a, however i should ...
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Creating a Symlink in an NTFS share

I am currently on Arch Linux accessing Samba shares of an NTFS drive connected to a windows machine. I want to be able to create Symlinks from my Arch Linux machine in the Samba shares. I have googled ...
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NTFS symlink not syncing to target folder

In Windows 7, I've created a directory symlink in my SkyDrive folder that points to my My Documents folder. In other words, I have the following folders: c:\users\<user name>\documents ...
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Error "cp: will not create hard link to directory in GitBash

I got this weird error when I was trying to copy a folder in Git Bash. The error was cp: will not create hard link /c/repos_copy/Ayrault/modules/path to directory ...
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Safety of redirecting System folders (e.g. : program files ,users,… ) using symbolic links?

Can redirecting system folders as mentioned above using symbolic links cause problems to the system or some applications? And is there any problem if I redirect the folders to another partition on ...
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Do symbolic links work both directions?

I created a symbolic link between a folder on my local computer and DropBox. If I modify files in the linked folder on Dropbox from another computer, will those new/modified files also be pushed into ...
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Fixing lost symbolic link status [closed]

I have a couple of soft symbolic links that have lost their link status and have become normal files containing link TARGET_FILE_LOCATION I searched quite a bit to find a way to restore their ...
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Make the contents of two folders appear in one

In Windows 7, I have three folders: "Images", "assets" and "all". I want the contents of "Images " and "assets" to appear in "all" automatically without copying those files into that folder (e.g. ...