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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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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How to fix a symbolic link pointing to a wrong location?

I'm a little bit confused with hard/softlinks here. I'm on OSX, have a folder '4' and two links pointing to it: drwxr-xr-x 4 imm staff 136 14 Jun 21:24 4 lrwxr-xr-x 1 imm staff 1 14 Jun 16:56 ...
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Does ln -s require you to be in a certain directory?

I want to create a simple symlink to a file. It works perfectly if I run the command from inside the directory where I want the symlink to be created: /path/to/link $ ln -s /path/to/file . But if ...
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How to know the level of a symlink in linux?

For example, if a symlink a -> b b -> c c -> d say, the symlink level of a is 3. Then, is there any utility to get this info? And, also I want to get the expansion detail of a symlink, ...
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Why not having /tmp default permissions to 777 in osX?

I'm often using, on unix servers I'm working with, the /tmp folder as a folder where I write temporal stuff needed for my software (mainly web applications). It has usually 777 permissions. I found ...
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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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How to mass remove symbolic links in Windows (amongs regular files that share similar name in many folders)?

Is there anyway to quickly remove many symbolic links in many folders that contains many other files. E.g some command in command prompt (be able to delete all slink created from day XX for example)? ...
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In OS X how could I create symlinks to everything within a given directory (rather than the directory itself)?

Say I have a bunch of config files that I'd like to store elsewhere, but if I move them and then symlink the directory, the application sees it as a symlink and won't use the contained files. Instead ...
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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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Editing softlinked files in UNIX

Let's say I have file A, and using 'ln -s A B', I have B. When I open, edit and save B, now B is not symlink anymore. It's just a new copy of A. Is this expected behavior? I use Mac OS X, and I ...
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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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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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Can somebody explain this `ln -s` command to me?

The command in question is: sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/foo.so /usr/lib/ I read this article about ln, which indicates that the latter argument can be either a name or a directory. In this ...
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Is it possible to have shortcuts appear in the start menu search through a symbolic link?

I have a folder full of stuff that I sync across all my computers and virtual machines. It contains a whole load of stuff, including portable applications. On a new OS installation, I run a batch ...
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Using symbolic link directories with Apache, PHP and Windows 7

I am trying to setup a symbolic link for a directory and I am getting the strangest error. I am using: mklink /d C:\www\site\inc C:\inc where C:\inc\script.php is the file I need to run. This ...
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rsync functionality wanted - but i need symlinks, not copies

Is there a way to perform what rsync does (compiles many directories into a single directory) - But instead of copying files/sub-directories I need it to create a directory with symlinks that point ...
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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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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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Can't create shortcuts for .com files

I wanted to create a shorcut for c:\windows\system32\more.com file in Desktop using ctrl+shift and drag and drop, and it silently ignored by not creating anything, then I decided to drag and drop it ...
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How to copy MS Windows symlink files as is?

I made some symlinks in MS Windows using mklink /D command. But when copy it, Windows Explorer always perform deep copy instead copying symlink itself. How can I just copy the link? I need to send ...
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Aren't egrep, fgrep supposed to be aliases to grep?

Since egrep is essentially grep -E I would expect it to be an alias that calls grep with that option. However on my system file `which egrep` shows it is an executable. Also egrep as an alias only ...
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Find symlink when 'find' hasn't worked

So I have a few utility scripts in my ~/scripts folder. They are all bash scripts, nothing amazing about that. One is named sfind.sh, the other is svn-add-all.sh. At some point, I created symlinks to ...
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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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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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Is there any danger in removing '.' components from a path?

Can the transformation of a path A/./B into A/B change the meaning of the path? I am aware that the path A/foo/../B may not refer to the same object as A/B, due to symbolic links (if foo is a ...
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Do I have to chmod after ln -s?

After I create a symlink with 'ln -s' (in Ubuntu 12.04, as root), it seems to be created with 777 permissions. Is that normal? Should I always do 'chmod 644' after doing 'ln -s'?
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Apache 2.4 don't follow all symlinks

I'm configuring my local Apache webserver after a fresh Kubuntu 14.04 install. Apache version is 2.4.7. I usually work with files located in a separated partition (/dev/sdb6 here), and create ...
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Convert Linux symlinks to Windows symlinks

I've noticed that Linux symlinks don't work in Windows, and vice-versa. Is there any way to convert Linux symlinks to Windows symlinks? Specifically, I want to convert relative Linux symlinks to ...
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Using dropbox / symbolic link combo successfully

In the past I have kept some files on dropbox by copying them into my ~/Dropbox folder on Ubuntu. I don't want to move the original files into Dropbox synch folder or muck around with my directory ...
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Dropbox — set it up so it is sort of one-way read only?

I've set up DropBox as a backup for some of my files not in the Dropbox folder by using a symlink. But it occurs to me that if something gets messed up on Dropbox's end, then in theory it could make ...
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How can I get Total Commander to recognize Cygwin symlinks?

I love Total Commander. I love Cygwin. But they are not always friends. One thing that bugs me, is the way symlinks work in Cygwin. Suppose I do this: $ ln -s my/path/to/nirvana budhism And then ...
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What happens when I backup a symbolic link to a briefcase?

The story: I recently started trying DropBox. After some fiddling, I found I could use an app, DropBoxFolderSync, to sync a folder with DropBox, leaving something called a "Symbolic Link" (which seems ...
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What kind of link is this, and how do I deal with them?

I've got an application that has created some sort of filesystem directory link that I've never come across. It appears to behave exactly like a symbolic link to the directory, except that as far as I ...
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which version of xattr on OSX 10.5 will not follow symbolic links?

I need to edit extended attributes of directories that are symbolic links. xattr that comes on OSX 10.5 unfortunately writes to the link target instead of the link itself. I discovered a different ...
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Changing Windows public folder in batch script

I've installed Steam on an external hard drive so I can play games on different computers by just moving the drive around. Since save games are often saved in My Documents or AppData, but I want them ...
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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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Is it possible to create a symlink to a webdav directory on Windows?

I know I can map a webdav folder to a drive letter in Windows, but I need to map ~10 different webdav folders (different servers) and assigning a drive letter would be ugly. Is it somehow possible to ...
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Updating the last write time for a symbolic link in Windows

Is it possible to update the last write time for a symbolic link in Windows? I can use the following powershell command to update the last write time of a directory, but it doesn't work for a ...
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How synchronize two disks (or folders) using symbolic (or hard) links (like rsync)?

I'm searching a tool or a shell script or another program to synchronize two or more folders or disks. But it differs of rsync tool, because, I don't want to duplicate the missing file, but do a ...
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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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Firefox keyboard shortcuts don't work when a form field is focused

When using Firefox in Linpus Linux (on an Acer One netbook) some hot keys don't work. Ctrl + w Alt + d However Ctrl + Tab Does still work. Edit: The version installed is 3.6.
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using junctions and moving the Recycle Bin to the right partition

I have got two partitions on a PC running Windows XP: C: system partition D: data partition Usually every user has got his user profile on C:\Documents and Settings\<user> But I have moved ...
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Linux: file recovery

I desperately need some help regarding problem I am facing now. While creating a softlink for a very important file I gave the reverse command by mistake. Instead of giving it "ln target linkname" I ...
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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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Batch Update Symbolic Links Recursively

I have a web app that has a bunch of symbolic links in subdirectories throughout it. I need to move the app to another directory structure, and I need to update all the symlinks to point to the new ...
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Batch File - Delete Shortcut From ALLUSERS Desktop

In Vista/7, if I try to delete a shortcut using the following command -: del "%allusersprofile%\Desktop\MyShortcut.lnk" ...Windows sees this folder as empty and doesn't delete the file. 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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Using mklink in Windows7

I have two usb flash drives D:\ and H:\, inside they have some bin files 001.bin,002.bin on D 003.bin 004.bin on H I want to create a symbolic link in such a way that when a program accesses ...
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Soft link to external drive not visible in apache directory listing

I am on Ubuntu 8.10, and generally share my content with ppl on LAN by creating soft links in Apache2 document root to the intended directory. So if I want to share my Videos directory I will CD ...
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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 ...