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 I track files in two git repositories simultaneously?

I've got two repositories set up for a class I teach, one outward-facing with demo and example code, and one to track changes I make to the class manual. I've written the manual in LaTeX Listings ...
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How can I clone a directory structure with symbolic links (in-tact, also duplicated)?

We use Kiln for our source control; and back it up by copying the KilnRepositories folder to another (local) drive while the services are all stopped, and then on to a network drive afterwards (the ...
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Do virus scanners scan symlinks?

If a virus scanner (like Microsoft Security Essentials, for example) comes across a symlink'd folder, will it follow through and scan that respective folder, be it on another drive (and how every many ...
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Creating an 'alias' or 'symlink' to a separate folder in apache

-/ |--bin |--home |--user_1 |--somefile.html |--somefile2.html |--user_2 |--differentFile.html |--var |--www |--file1.html i want the urls to be ...
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Windows : how to know if a symbolic link still works

I have lots of symbolic links (windows 7). How to know if there are working or if they are dead (ie original file has been deleted/moved/renamed) ? I tried if not exist mylink.txt echo The link is ...
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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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OSX: would it be possible to create a symbolic link that points to /dev/null e.g. a black hole directory

OSX: would it be possible to create a symbolic link that points to /dev/null e.g. a black hole directory. I Work at a help desk and we need to sanitize a directory just in case data gets into it at ...
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symlink's Last access time does not updates in windows 7

I am stuck around with a problem which is something as follows: i have a symlink at my desktop and the original file is in my local partition (Say D: drive) whenever i update the original file, ...
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Creating a file through a dangling symlink with vi

This is the content of my typescript file, /mac>ln -s non_exist ~/link /mac>vi ~/link Hi! I am a link. /mac>cat ~/link Hi! I am a link. /mac>cat non_exist cat: non_exist: No such file or ...
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Symlinks are lost after running rsync to sync two directories

I have two identically named directories with similar subdirectories and I would like to merge the contents of one into the other. I'm trying to use rsync to do this and I'm finding that symlinks ...
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How to properly create symbolic link?

scenario : I'm in a place that is not in PATH I have a file name dofoo that is executable I want to create symbolic link in /usr/bin that points to dofoo in current directory quite hard to get the ...
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NFS: too many levels of symbolic links. How to find and fix?

wim@wim-desktop:/media/data/dots/manouche$ ls > /dev/null ls: reading directory .: Too many levels of symbolic links wim@wim-desktop:/media/data/dots/manouche$ find . -type l -exec ls -l {} \; ...
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Should symlinked programs be put on drives with fast write speeds?

When deciding where to symlink-move a program, should it be to a drive that has a fast write speed, in lieu of program's needing to cache/write to disk? OR, if/when a program needs to cache to disk, ...
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How to run a symlink pointing to an executable in terminal (Linux)

I installed NodeJs on an Ubuntu machine, and the package have been installed as nodejs. Now, to run it as node, I created a symlink: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node This will work if I ...
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Windows 8 Command Prompt Symbolic Link Accident [duplicate]

So I totally messed up. I was trying to create a symbolic link for the program Sticky Notes to create a path. I was trying to type: mklink /J “%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes” ...
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Can I create a symlink or similar that returns a random file from a set every time?

Say I have files foo-a.wav, foo-b.wav and foo-c.wav on disk. I have a piece of software whose interface allows me to enter the name of a single sound file; every time a certain feature of that ...
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Can't sync windows network drive to dropbox (mklink)

Background I have a very dodgy VPN access to the network drive at my work. I work on pretty large files and it is painfully slow to transfer via VPN. Also, there are no 'version control' as there is ...
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Is it possible to create a subfolder inside a symlink folder but not be added into the parent folder?

Is a very tricky question, sorry about that Base on this Folder A file1 file2 Folder B ( symlink of Folder A (softlink) ) file1 file2 that i want to do is create a folder or file inside my ...
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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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Aptitude fails to write file to symlinked directory

I have a Ubuntu 12.04.2 server with /etc/apache2 as a symlink to another directory for logging purposes. When I try to install the libapache2-mod-passenger package it doesn't install the ...
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cp -H vs cp -L (What is a “command-line” symbolic link?)

My OS states the following in the man page of cp: -H follow command-line symbolic links -L, --dereference always follow symbolic links I am having difficulty figuring out what ...
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Trying to create a Symbolic link between Sublime Text 2 and Subl

As the title says, I'm trying to create a sym link for my Sublime_text launcher, I did: sudo ln -s /path/to/sublime_text /usr/bin/subl and when I ls /usr/bin the blue subl link is there. Then I ...
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Can I create a single ftp to access multiple network locations

I have an ftp server setup using FileZilla Server and 5 application servers which each have a backup folder that is shared. On the ftp server I have setup symlinks in the root ftp directory that ...
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Symlink bash autocomplete

If I typer unrar-nonfree and double tap tab, I get the usual autocomplete result: michaelxu@michaelxu-server:~$ unrar-free / backup.sh initrd.img.old mxx.lock tmp/ bin/ ...
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What factors might prevent this symlink from working as intended?

I'm on a Windows 7 64-bit machine, and I've been trying to get a symlink set up to some rather hefty files so that I don't need to use twice the memory (two different applications need to access these ...
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Hard symbolic link directory

I am taking over control of a server and I have found a directory in two different locations: /var/www /home/user.name (i.e., ~/) that have the exact same inode number: ls -i 11895253 ...
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How to give access to user for specifig directory?

I made symlink when logged in as www (apache user): ln -s /home/anotheruser/test /var/www/test Now I go to my mydomain.com/test and I get a 403 error. /home/anotheruser/ has permissions 764 ...
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Why is this archive failing to create symlinks?

When I extract the archive Symfony_Standard_2.2.1.tgz using this command: $ tar xzf /home/tomas/downloads/Symfony_Standard_2.2.1.tgz I always get the errors: tar: doctrine.php: Cannot create ...
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Vim With Windows+Symlinks and a sandbox directory

I have a large project, and I have to work in and switch between a few directories often. My solution was to symlink all the files that I want to get to quickly into a sandbox directory. I just ...
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Windows SymLink Questions: How do I tell if a file is symlinked /

I'm not exactely sure how to phrase my questions, I'll describe what I'm doing, perhaps my misconceptions will show. I'm on windows 7. I symlinked files that I'm working on in a project to a sandbox ...
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launching applications from the Windows command prompt?

Is there a Linux methodology to include .exe files symbolically to a location referenced by the %PATH%? The process seems trouble free on Linux, but when attempting to do similar actions via mklink on ...
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Am I failing to foresee an issue with a cygwin symlink to Windows's python.exe?

Should be an easy question. I have a windows version python 2.7 at C:/Python27/python.exe and I also have cygwin's installation at /usr/bin/python -> /usr/bin/python2.7.exe. This means that when I ...
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Show all symbolic links in a -> b format for 1 directory and sub directories

As title. How can I see a list of symbolic links in the format A -> B starting from a specified directory including all it's sub directories? This is on a Mac by the way.
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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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rsync --remove-source-files and symbolic links

My source folder contains only symbolic links to different directories: symlink1 -> /path/to/dir1 symlink2 -> /path/to/dir2 I want rsync to delete synch'd links from the source on success. ...
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One line ls command to display symbolic links

How can I use just one single ls command to display all symbolic links in my /dev directory? I know ls -l and that's about it.
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Is it possible to apply special restrictions for a content of a directory?

I want restrict permissions to the content of a directory /abc/def/: disable links (symbolic or hard) limit the number of write permissions pointing to the same file (e.g. to 1, so only one process ...
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Mac client on AD domain - individual folder redirection

I'm trying to configure a home network with Windows 2008R2 and Windows 7 / Mac Mountain Lion clients. I have a separate NAS drive, which I want to host all home folders as well as a central store of ...
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Linking Ubuntu Documents to Windows Documents

I would like to make my documents synchronised across my dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu system. I've chosen to implement this as mounting the Windows data partition in Ubuntu at boot time with fstab, ...
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Apache: How to link or mount local directory to a remote one on Internet?

I have apache2 web server installed on Ubuntu Server which provides the service at 192.168.122.108:80. Also, I've been created a directory named ubuntu on apache's root directory. Now, the idea is to ...
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Third party app for soft linking to files in Windows XP?

There's an app called Junction for soft linking to directories, but I'd like to soft link to files as well.
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Httpd error: not accessible symlink with -D FOREGROUND

I'm trying to setup virtual host in Fedora18. Configuration is following: httpd version is 2.4 user/group - apache/apache global document root is /var/www/html vhost symlink: ...
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How can I store encfs6.xml in another location (and still make it detectable)?

How can I make encfs4win search for the encfs6 file in another location? I tried modifying the encfs_mount.cmd file at the end, like so: set ENCFS6_CONFIG=c:/test1/.encfs6.xml %pathtoencfs%encfs ...
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Copy folder and all subfolders but NOT symlinks

I need to copy a folder and all of its subfolders but I don't want any of the symlinks or their contents to come with it. Can this be done simply? Or - obviously - can I easily disconnect and remove ...
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How to create Symbolic Link chain in Windows?

I am trying to create multi-level symbolic links in Windows 8, but only the direct (first level) symlink seems to be working. If I try to use the second level SymLink, i get errors. i have been using ...
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Why don't hard link destinations on Windows Server 2003 immediately show the proper file size and last modified time?

I wanted to create hardlinks to files on Windows Server 2003 and I stumbled upon the superuser question hardlinks on ntfs with windows. I tried mklink as one of the answers suggested and found that ...
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Creating symbolic link in windows 7 from NAS device

We currently use Carbonite for our file back ups. I have an N.A.S. with a bunch of files on it that I would like Carbonite to back up in addition to the local files on the machine with the Carbonite ...
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Convert symlinks to hard links

I'd like to recursively convert soft links to hard links in a directory. I've tried something like this: for f in *; do (mv $f{,~} && ln $(readlink $f~) && rm $f~) done …but it ...
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Windows Symlink & working directory

I have a directory called apps/myapp/ with a file myapp.exe which uses myapp.dll and some other dlls. Now lets say i want to symlink this to a directory, like one would do in linux. bin/myapp.exe ...