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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Windows 7 NTFS Symbolic Link - Network Share Availability/Timeout

In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, is there a way to quickly detect if the target of a symbolic link is available? For example, a symbolic link is created to a remote share UNC using the ...
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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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Time Machine backs up symbolic links that haven't changed

Lately I've noticed that my Time Machine backups are taking a very long time. I recently replaced my boot drive, and I thought the problem might have been due to the way I reconnected the drive to the ...
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Cannot change permissions in symlinked dropbox directory in Ubuntu 10.10

Title pretty much says it all, but here's what I'm doing... ls -l produces this... drwx------ 1 brian brian 4096 2010-12-28 14:19 foldername -rw------- 1 brian brian 0 2010-12-28 15:54 index.html ...
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Add external volume app folder to Launchpad

I have a primary volume and secondary volume which I store apps on in a folder called HDD Applications. Launchpad only looks at the /Applications folder on the primary drive for apps. How can I get ...
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ESXi and ghettoVCM - rotate weekly backups to (2) different drives

I am using ghettoVCB to perform VM snapshot backups on an ESXi server. ghettoVCB has a config file that stores parameters for performing the backup. One of the parameters is the destination path, ...
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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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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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Registry and Symbolic Links When Formatting

I had moved a folder to another drive and then established a symbolic link with mklink (in Windows 7). Now I want to format the original hard drive that I linked to. I understand that the data on the ...
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Make symlink on Windows of whole tree without modifying the original folder

I'm trying to do this: make a symlink of a whole directory "C:/Master", in different folders like "C:\Projects\Alpha\", "C:\Projects\Beta\" an so on. "Master" directory usually changes in files and ...
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Running a symlink locally

I am running the same program multiple times over a linux platform. It is compiled at another server, and frequently updated, and it's uploaded over through rsync to all "hosting" servers, which do ...
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Microsoft OneNote 2010 & symbolic links

OneNote uses a simple folder structure to organise its Sections and Sub-Sections - a Section is a file, a Sub-Section is a subfolder within the notebook which contains its own Section files. What I'd ...
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How to get Dropbox to sync changes inside a symlinked directory?

On Win 7 I have a symbolic link from inside the Dropbox pointing to an external directory which I'd like to sync. Upon the initial sym-linking and whenever restarting the Dropbox program, the sync ...
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Can not cd into symlink on Debian 7

I want to give user webadmin full access to directory /usr/tomcat/webapps. So, I have created a symlink in webadmin's home directory to the target directory: lrwxrwxrwx 1 webadmin tomcat 28 Aug 19 ...
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adding symbolic link to os x finder sidebar

I'd like to add a symbolic link to the OS X finder sidebar, but when I do so the sidebar follows the link and creates a direct link to the target folder. This is not what I want, the reason I use a ...
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Can I add ADMX files via symbolic links?

Is it possible to add Group Policy templates (ADMX files) on a local Windows 7 machine by creating a symbolic link (soft link) in the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder that points to an ADMX file ...
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Multi user web software update solution

I want to accomplish an easy update procedure for web software that is used by multiple users. The idea is to have the software with multiple versions at /opt/software/version-1.2.3/ or ...
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mklink /d not working

I have a folder with my pictures on a network drive. I would like that folder in the pictures library in windows 8. It wouldn't let me add it since the network drive isn't indexed. Windows help said ...
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Recovering invalidated symlinks in Windows Vista

My brother's computer refused to boot into Vista and would always go into chkdisk, so I figured there was something physically wrong with the drive. I booted into a Linux live cd and used a tool ...
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Partitions, symlinks, mounting as folders and performance

I'm going to have a 128-GB SSD which will contain Windows 8 and most applications, and a 1-TB hard drive which will contain most of the rest (large games, documents, select frequently overwritten ...
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Linux mount part of filesystem as template

Here's what I'd like to do: I have some directories that I need to have separate copies of, but these directories are 2+ GB so simply copying the directory several times seems inefficient. 90% of ...
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How do I search/replace symbolic links?

I've been having this issue for a long time, and I don't want to reinstall the whole system, yet. Now there's an app that runs on Java, and it doesn't even open. The logs says some cocoa files were ...
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shortcut to recursively copying a directory preserving modes, ownerships and hard and symbolic links

I am using the following to recursively copy a directory while preserving modes, permissions as well as hard and symbolic links: cp -pr --preserve=links dir-a dir-b However I have the following ...
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Permissions within Windows symlink to a Samba share

I have a microserver running Ubuntu from which I have created some Samba shared folders which I access from my PC and laptop running Windows 7. I have created some symlinks (using mklink /d) on the ...
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OS X Lion : Remove some users folders an replace them by a symbolic link

I have copied my music, movies and pictures folders to another drive and created symbolic links in my user folder that point the new location. The links do work, but I cannot remove the original ...
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Windows 7 Symlink to network drive root

My Ubuntu server provides storage to my Windows 7 workstation through the use of SMB and network drives. One symlink currently links from a network drive to my iTunes library folder. Within that ...
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Flatten symlink for Virtualbox Share

I have a Virtualbox machine that I use for development, and I mount a directory for a project I'm working on within it. This directory has symlinks to a few other directories around my host file ...
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Soft link to a Excel sheet created in Unix is displayed as a Folder in Window

Created a Softlink for a Excel sheet using the following command, in Unix shared file system. temp$ ln -s temp1/Main.xlsm Link.xlsm But when I view the temp directory in Windows, Link.xlsm appears ...
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vim does not preserve symlink over sshfs

I'm having some trouble with symlinks and sshfs. I use the '-o follow_symlinks' option to follow symlinks on the server side, but whenever I edit a symlinked file on the client side with vim, a copy ...
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Create Windows-compatable symbolic links in Ubuntu

I am using a SSD which is running out of space. Like 300 kB remaining. I need a symbolic link from the Program Files folders(32 bit and 64 bit) on the C drive to the E drive. Unfortunatly, the mklink ...
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Homebrew install gdb, symlink error with binutils

I'm trying to install GDB via Homebrew on OSX Mavericks via the command brew install homebrew/dupes/gdb. This error message pops up during install: gdb requires special privileges to access Mach ...
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Which direction should symlinks for Dropbox go?

I've been using Dropbox to keep files such as .bashrc and .inputrc in sync between multiple computers. The way I have been doing this was to have the files located in the dropbox folder and then ...
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Is there a way to copy Userprofiles with Robocopy and keeping the junctions symlinks?

In the Internet you read a lot of Tips how to copy your userprofile with robocopy safely from Recoveryconsole. The usually recomend robocopy source target /xj..... The problem with the /xj switch ...
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brew link error - installing freetype for Circos

I am wanting to use Circos and have been following a tutorial on how to do the initial setup. (http://kylase.github.io/CircosAPI/os-x-installation-guide/) I went to use: $brew install freetype and ...
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How to prevent an app from removing symbolic linked files (Windows 7)

I have a folder z:\data on a network drive.. I have a local folder c:\work where the following symbolic link exists (created using mklink) c:\work\letter.tex => z:\data\letter.tex When I open ...
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Locate all references to a certain hard disk

Every time I got a new machine or increased the memory capacity I used to add and add more and more hard disks to the latest machine. Now I have several disks of old data (e.g windows installation, ...
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Windows Symlink & Copy

I am trying so desperately hard to map a drive to sharepoint online with little success. (I have tried everything possible to get this working.) Closest I have got is being able to make a shortcut to ...
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grant create-symbolic-links on win7hp (which doesn't have gpedit.msc)?

I want to be able to symlink target directories for all the usual reasons, on win7hp, for which gpedit.msc is apparently not available at all now. Best hits I can find are Permission to make symbolic ...
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Creating Windows-compatible symbolic links from a Mac

I have a Windows Server 2012 where I would like to create symbolic links that work for both Mac (10.9) and Windows (7) users. I have a dummy text file called org.txt containing "Hello, World!". ...
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mklink /j vs mklink /d on multiple machines and with file shares

I'm starting to use cloud sharing solutions (e.g., Dropbox, SpiderOak) to backup and sync files between various machines I use. When doing this I've decided to place all my backups under a given ...
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Limit SymLink level scanning to just 1 when copying files on Windows

Consider the following directory structure: D:\RealFolder1 D:\RealFolder1\RealFolder1A D:\RealFolder1\RealFolder1A\SymLinkToRealFolder2 D:\RealFolder2 D:\RealFolder3 ...
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folder dropped as junction, & then; add folder within junction to serve as physical folder (same directory)

when we are talking about junctions, it's a folder from another location serving a purpose in a specific location as a shortcut. I have this setup with one of my folders, but I want to have just one ...
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Windows symbolic link detect change

I'm using programs that have settings.ini files. Normally when I change the file, the program detects the change and updates. But if settings.ini is a symbolic link, no programs ever detect when it ...
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Can't sync Firefox custom dictionary

I used to be able to sync the Firefox custom dictionary (persdict.dat) using Dropbox by creating a symbolic link between the Firefox profile folder and the Dropbox folder. I haven't used Firefox for a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...