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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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 ...
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Maintain duplicate files with same/ different names on a Windows NTFS drive? Use junctions, symbolic or hard links?

Maintain duplicate files with same/ different names on a Windows NTFS drive? Use junctions, symbolic or hard links? I've read junctions, symbolic links and hard links, but its unclear how the ...
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Symbolic link - How does it work?

Using Windows 7 Overview- I have an SSD and HDD installed in my computer. I would like to have all data files (ie AppData) saved to the HDD, this way I avoid unnecessary read/writes to the SSD. Goal-...
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Copy to another NTFS disk and preserve hard links

I have to copy directory structure from one local NTFS disk to another (Windows 7+) and preserve hard links that exist within this directory structure. An acceptable solution would be to replace hard ...
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Give an application symlink permissions within a directory in Windows

I don't know much about Windows permissions, but is there a way to give a script or application permission to create symlinks that link only within a a directory tree that say an application "owns"? (...
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Recursively copy a directory entirely as symlinks, preserving current symlinks

I would like to make an exact copy of a directory (which contains sub-directories, files, and symlinks) except that I want each file in the target directory to be a symlink back to the original file. ...
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File sync service supporting symbolic links

I wonder if any of the mainstream sync services (e.g. Dropbox and the likes) is able to sync relative symbolic links among the synced folders correctly. And by supporting I mean uploading and ...
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Mac ln -s command no response but previously working

Apologies in advance for any rookie errors on my part... I'm a PC user recently thrust into the world of Macs via new job... Running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 PHP version 5.5.27 Apache version 2.4.16 (...
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Where (c:\) or (d:\) to undo a mklink junction? [duplicate]

I've made a mklink junction pointing my c:\users to d:\users and also used robocopy to copy all the files from c:\users to d:\users. Now, i need to upgrade to Windows 10 and to undo this junction, ...
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Creating Symlinks from a iSCSI-Volume to a Fileserver

my fileserver is near capacity limit (using Windows 2012) und full of files, that hasn't been used for years, but still need to be kept for researches in the future. Furthermore the unused and ...
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Sync Desktop with Dropbox - Symlink

I tend to work almost entirely off of my desktop, and I'm attempting to simplify my workflow. I want to sync my Desktop between my Work iMac and my Mac Mini at home. I've sucessfully synced my Home ...
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Intel icc breaks gcc with math.h on linux

I installed Intel's compilers and applications bundled with their Parallel Studio the other day and I cannot compile without using icc. When using gcc, clang or mpicc, I get the following error: In ...
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How to mount Azure File share to support Symlinks on Azure file share with Ubuntu 14.04

I need to use the Azure file share for deployments with Capistrano, the problem is that I don't seem to be able to create symlinks on the disk, which mounts as SMB. I'm mounting the File Share on a ...
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Can I get a symlinked exe on Windows to “see” its dependencies in the same folder?

Say, for example, I were to use wget on Windows. If I extract the zip file, it has a whole lot of dependencies (dlls etc.) Now if I were to symlink wget.exe (using mklink) to my desktop (I've tried ...
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Cannot access a remote share which in itself is a symlink to a remote share

I have this scenario: Domain A: A file server provided by a third party, which provides a volume available thru CIFS. This file server does not have an external IP address. permissions are set to ...
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How do I use NTFS links to merge folders A and B?

To save on disk space and to keep things tidy, I want to have two folders, A and B. Folder A contains "stock" files, and Folder B contains "modded" files. I want to have the contents of Folder B in ...
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Windows VM: No permissions when accessing a shared drive through symlink

I have shared a folder on my host machine (Windows 8) with the permissions set to Read-only. In VMWare Workstation 8, I've enabled shared folders and pointed my shared folder to a network drive on my ...
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How to set symlink short cut to Sublime Text 3 in terminal? [duplicate]

I'm using the ZSH bash https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh I found and followed the directions here to symlink Sublime Text 3 to subl https://www.sublimetext.com/docs/3/osx_command_line.html ...
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Setting up a sublime symlink in Mac OS X while running pyenv

There are a lot of SO and links on how to setup a symlink so you can run sublime from the command line. But I'm running pyenv and it seems to have its own ~/.bash_profile as the real one doesn't have ...
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How to get IIS to follow symbolic image link?

On my server, I have symbolic link pointing to a jpg file. When I try to access the symbolic link from a web browser, I am getting a 500. What settings do I need to put in place to get IIS to follow ...
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Vim opens symlink even when given target path directly

If I open a file through a symlink first, then :bd that one and later try to open the actual target of the symlink directly, Vim instead opens the symlink. How do I change this behaviour? The ...
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Is there a way to make a constantly updating symbolic link between Windows and Mac?

So, my problem is slightly unique. I'm one of the people who still like playing Minecraft, and I like to use both my MacBook and Windows Laptop to play. Nowadays, I have to keep using an USB to ...
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Having trouble creating symlink between the terminal in Mac OS X and Sublime Text 2 so it can be launched from the command line

I’m using Mac OS X Yosemite and I want to be able to open Sublime Text 2 from the terminal with a command like this: sublime . I’ve typed this into terminal as shown on the Sublime Text 2 website: ...
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Directory Junction keeps being deleted

I have upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 Professional on an SSD and I have created Directory Junctions, using command line mklink /J, for folders like Games, Mozilla Profiles, etc. pointing to a HDD ...
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Linux cp command: Auto-rename files, windows-like, FAT32, file name restrictions, ignore symbolic links

Linux cp command: How can I auto-rename all files to conform to windows or FAT32 formatted device file name restrictions, and ignore all symbolic links? I am trying to copy the contents of my dropbox ...
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Where to get the kernel source directory Kali Linux

This is a branch off of this question: Installing new driver on Linux, missing the 'Build' directory Since the PC has no internet I can not use apt-get to rebuild the kernel and get the ...
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Good maintainable solution for Windows AppData on second harddrive

Say you have a small SSD and a second HDD. You install programs on the HDD, but because your Windows is installed on the SSD, it still wants to put the program's AppData/Local files on your SSD ...
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Is it possible to use a symlink as a option to overlayfs in the linux kernel?

I'd like to do a overlay of a (writable dir, mounted squash filesystem), so that writes are preserved in normal directory. I can edit the fstab entries to add and remove overlay and squashfs entries ...
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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 /opt/...
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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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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 this,...
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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 ...