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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add folder to path or copy symbolic links to existent directory in path?

I am running some script on a server, making use of environment modules: basically, when I load a module for some software, it prepends the path with the folder of the software. I am loading a lot ...
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Creating a symbolic link for Firefox and launching creates 2 Firefox windows

I am using Arch Linux and LXDE. I have downloaded Firefox and moved it over to: /opt/firefox (e.g., mv firefox /opt/firefox). Next, I created symbolic link to the user/bin folder: ln -s ...
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OS X - ln -s on a directory in ~ shows strange behaviour

I'm currently setting up my new system (OS X) and trying to link ~/Git/ to /Library/WebServer/Documents/, so that I can access all my git repositories via 127.0.0.1. However, that doesn't work as ...
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Vudu and Spotify Download Location

Vudu and Spotify both store the offline/downloaded files in 'AppData/Roaming' and I have maxed out my 'C' Drive. I want to move it to my larger 'D' Drive. I looked up what to do and all over the ...
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Symbolic link on a USB stick automatically adding extra characters upon opening

I'm trying to create a relative symbolic link to an html file. Both the symbolic link and the file are to be stored on a USB stick (i want it to open on any computer). I successfully created the ...
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Symlinks over SSH: Why am I unable to access files/directories in parent directory if traversal to current directory was through a symlink?

NOTE: This behaviour is observed via remote access using SSH. I noticed that if I have moved into a directory using a symlink that I cannot use the .. entry in the directory listing to move back into ...
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windows 7/64 admin_user with create symbolic links priv and allow evaluation on: insufficient PRIV?

I am running a script which creates symbolic links to a Nikon NEF file, clones a real XMP file with experimental settings and then runs it though Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop with a dropplet to ...
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Detailed steps for creating a junction for winsxs folder in Windows 7 [closed]

I was searching for a list of detailed steps in Windows 7 for moving the winsxs folder to my data HDD drive and creating a junction in the SSD with mklink /J oldpath newpath I could only find ...
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Google Drive grabs all symlink'd files when uploading

I'm trying to upload a folder (in which are several symlinks to hefty PDF files) to Google Drive. It's 60 MB not counting the symlinked files, and about 300 MB counting them. Google Drive insists ...
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How can I start an application via a Windows symlink

As a developer, I install and run many applications. To access these from the command-line, the usual mechanism to add the applications to the PATH environment variable. That's ok, but leads to a ...
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Is a symlink to a directory a file or a directory?

I have several commands that remove files and directories. One of them deleted a symlink that was pointing to a directory. It raised the following question: which command removed it? The one that ...
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Mount drive as NTFS folder vs junction link

Is mounting an drive as NTFS folder same kind of link as doing a directory junction with mklink /j linkname targetpath? The reason im asking this is because we are having problems with NTFS mounted ...
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Create folder link in FTP

I have FTP with directories and I want to create a symbolic link in the FTP to other directory in the FTP. I have directory B in path /A/B, and I want to create directory /C that is symbolic link to ...
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Brew installed, linked, but not found

I just installed mtr via Homebrew, and it completed seemingly successfully (i.e., nothing unusual). MBA% mtr zsh: command not found: mtr That's odd. I figured I'd try again: MBA% brew install mtr ...
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Can I make a read-only symlink in Windows?

I have two game accounts in a game that allows addons. The addons save their data into files. Whenever the game is closed (from a manual close, a disconnect, a crash, etc.), the game writes to the ...
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How to zip an archive while keeping some symlinks but not others? (OS X)

I'm using the zip command line tool on OS X to compress an Xcode project folder. Included in that folder is a .framework for OS X which includes symlinks like xx.framework/Versions/Current which ...
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Need to undo my User Directory shortcut to a Second Drive

Back when Windows 8 came out I added a second SSD Drive to my Laptop. However, I was unable to use the new drive space since there was no way to redirect the USER Subdirectory where ALL my data ...
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Google Drive and Local Directories in Mac OS X

I want to create a symbolic link between local directories and my Google drive. In other words, I don't want to synchronize it by hand. If there is a change in the directory, it should synchronize it ...
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Share symlinked files with rdesktop

I have two computers, one running RHEL6 and one running Windows 7 Enterprise. The linux box is my main workstation, however due to software that requires a windows machine with a unique IP for ...
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rsync a folder ignoring sud-dirs which has with circular symlink

I am trying to rsync a folder as below: rsync -ahLz ./src /tmp/ Dir "./src" has circulr symlink as: $ ls -l src/cpp/blddir lrwxrwxrwx 1 lnxbuild users 16 May 27 02:16 src/cpp/blddir -> ...
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Undo Creating Symbolic Links by copying back the original, rename the file and deleting the link

I used a windows 7 utility to delete exact byte per byte duplicate files and replace them with a symbolic link before I knew that the symbolic link type is not allowed in our corporate domain. I need ...
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Running a recent version of a installed program

I used brew to install newer version of swig a shortcut to newer version is available in /usr/local/bin, although when I run swig in terminal the older version runs. I imagine I need to add something ...
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Dropbox - soft link from external hard drive doesn't get recognized by Dropbox on OS X

I store some super large compilation of files on my external hard drive because there isn't enough space on my Macbook Pro. I would like to have them in my Dropbox as well. In this question Uploading ...
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Operating System Agnostic Symlink/Alias/Shortcut

I have a folder that I sync with online services such as Dropbox, that I sync to other computers with different operating systems. Part of my file/folder organization in this folder uses ...
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How to backup created symlinks? [duplicate]

I have a number of symlinks created on my Windows 7 system. Is there a way to create a backup of all symlinks so after i reinstall Windows to restore them with one click and not recreate them one by ...
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Copy symlink inside directory structure

A part of our (huge) application can, as a fallback for test automation, be installed manually by developers on test computers. This means copying the contents of a folder to the target machine and ...
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Symlink.exe always asking for permission when creating a new directory

I use link shell extension for windows extensively, as it's a really neat tool. However every time I want to create a new folder on any partition of mine, symlink.exe asks for admin permissions. It ...
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Linking files to be found by PHP server

What is the correct way to link local directory ~/dir to /path/dir, so that the PHP server looking for /path/dir/file.php will find ~/dir/file.php? In my concrete situation I am running XAMPP PHP ...
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Cannot access symlinked file on Apache server (403 Forbidden)

I'm running a minecraft server on my laptop, and I have created a symbolic link of /home/myuser/Documents/MinecraftSV/logs/latest.log to /var/www/html, but when I try to access it I receive a 403 ...
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Linux, file contents from Redis query

I want to make a linux file whose contents are the result of a Redis query. Why? I want to multi-tenant a LAMP app. The LAMP app's configuration is in a file. Rather than fiddling around with ...
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Is is possible to create symlink inside another symlink?

I have the below folder structure: My Windows Machine |-- E: | -- myphotos <== link to ==> \\192.168.0.10\\myphotos | ...
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Removing Symlinked Fonts in Windows 7

I recently had a copy of Extensis Suitcase blow up on me and I need to delete some symlinked font files so I can remove my font vault. What's the best way to do this? Some links I was able to ...
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Backup remote Linux from Windows. Recognize symbolic links

I'm trying to backup a Linux Server from a Windows 7 Laptop. The Problem I'm facing is that backup solutions for Windows do not recognize Linux symbolic links. The backup clients just follow the ...
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Unix permissions error when working with symbolic link and MySQL installation

I'm working to install MySQL on one of our servers. I'm the ec2-user, and I'm attempting to install in the ec2-user home directory, but allowing access to the directory to the mysql user. However, ...
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Move C:\Users\tachikoma01\AppData\Roaming\Bitcoin to an other hardrive

I have a 120gb ssd and it's full. I want to use bitcoin armory which is going to take up to 50gb. And even if the software is installed on my G: hard drive, the software is still downloading datas to ...
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batch current directory when starting as administrator

Background: I like to have my computer clean. Especially I don't like programs and services starting with my windows, but I still want to use all my programs without having to manually start ...
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Linking OSX system folders across drives

I'm using Mavericks Server at work on a Mac Pro (Mid 2010). I got the go ahead to upgrade it to an SSD and install a 4TB storage drive, as well as 32GB of RAM from 6GB. I wanted to put the OS on the ...
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Is there a way to create something like a symbolic link from a folder on a Windows machine to a directory on a Linux one?

I have a program that runs on a Windows VirtualBox VM, a and stores data in a specific folder. I would like to work up something like a symbolic link from this folder to a directory on a Linux server, ...
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Update junction in Windows 8.1

I'm doing this: net stop wuauserv then: rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old and then: mklink E:\windows\SoftwareDistribution \D I'm doing \d in the end because ...
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Symlinking executable surrounded with dylib not working

The executable $ /Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/MacOS/WolframKernel works fine: Mathematica 10.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) Copyright 1988-2014 Wolfram Research, Inc. In[1]:= However ...
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Linux symlink not working

I have been trying to do symlink but It does not work. This is all it gives me after I do the command ls -s /mnt/01A3D80750CDAFF9/Steam ~/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/Steam/ dimitri@dimitri-desktop:~$ ls ...
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Is there a way to set symbolic links to only executable files in Linux?

I have a directory with code files and executable files and I want to know how to create a symbolic link only to executable files in that directory? I know that path-of-directory/* selects all files ...
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Windows symlink to executable - does not open by double click [duplicate]

On Windows 7 I created a symbolic link to an executable using: mklink Test.exe C:\Path\to\source.exe But when I try to run it by double clicking on it, i get the "open with" dialog. Running it ...
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Rsync with extended attributes

I'm using command rsync -aAX --delete /src/ /dest/ on linux to backup data from samba share to external disk. When rsync backup symlinks for the first time everything goes smoothly, but when I run the ...
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How do I give myself privilege to create symbolic links on Windows 7 logged in as domain user?

I would like to be able to use mklink without the inconvenience of right-clicking on cmd.exe and choosing "Run as Administrator". I am logged in at work as a domain user with local admin privileges, ...
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Where does Windows 7 store “warning” information about a .LNK? (And how to remove the warning)

I have a program installed. Doesn't really matter which. If I double click on the executable file, it launches with no problems. If I create a link in a taskbar or in the menu bar, clicking the link ...
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iSeries symbolic link for QDLS appears as a file [closed]

My iSeries is running v7r1 and I am now having the same problem as a customer of ours running v6r1, and that is that if I add a symbolic link for QDLS into a normal IFS directory, then Windows ...
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Apache 403 forbidden symlink

I have a symlink from /home/public/folder to /var/www/example.com/thing but when I try to access example.com/thing i get 403 forbidden. I have given /home, /home/public and /home/public/folder o+x ...
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Use a dynamic mount path with a symlink

I need to have a chrooted user access a folder outside of its chroot. So I use a bind mount for this and it works fine. The mount points to a symlink folder and this symlink changes automatically ...
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Buiding and Installing Python Module

I am having the following issue and am not sure how to fix. I do not know what linking is but I hear it's related to the problem. I'm trying to set up a python module: First I call in the directory ...