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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what is the difference between a symlink , junction , hard link and so on? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between NTFS hard links and directory junctions? well just got a litlle confused about all of them. so any explanation?
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Links in Excel changed after a crash

A few of my users use Excel spreadsheets that have cells linked to other spread sheats. It is set up so the catering.xslx pints to the inventory,comm2002.xls. I was told that excel will crash and all ...
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Why symlinks can slowdown git?

I keep my current working project on SSD drive but git folder inside is symlinked from another (encrypted) disk with mklink /J /D. SmartGit warned me that using symlinked git folder may have a ...
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How get full path to target of link

If I have a symbolic link /var/opt/foo created with ln -fs /path/to/target/dir foo. How can I in a script that sees only the link get /path/to/target/dir? What I want to achieve in the script is rm ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 view all the Symbolic links,Junction points,Hard links in a Folder using dir?

The command dir /a displays a list of all the files,folders in a given location. But it displays the type for Junction Points as well as Symbolic Links to Folders. Is there any command which will ...
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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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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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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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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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How to make symbolic link independant of drive letter

I have partitions set up on my windows 7 machine such that one drive holds all my personal documents, while the C drive is meant to hold everything else. To help the two work together, I made some ...
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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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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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Apache allow access to symlink

Please help me figure this out, I'm out of options what to even google. No idea why this apache configuration is not working as I expected. <VirtualHost *:80> DocumentRoot ...
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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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Apache fails to display/follow symbolic links

I'm running apache v2.4 to host a personal web site on my office mac mini running OS X 10.10. The basic site is working fine but its throwing the 403 forbidden access error when I add symbolic link to ...
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Symbolic link doesn't work across drives

I'm on Windows 10. Running the command: mklink /D "G:\test" "C:\test" ...Is successful. However, in explorer when I double click the folder on G:\ and try to access any file in there, it says ...
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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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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 ...