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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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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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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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 ...
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How do I make a relative link in windows with a space in the path [duplicate]

I want to make a relative link in Windows 7 to a path that contains a space character. Making a relative link without a space in the path works as follows (explained here): %windir%\system32\cmd.exe ...
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Create Symlink in Windows from command line without “.lnk”

I want to mount a network share on a folder in Windows, because I have an application that's stored big files in a hard-coded path (e.g. c:\path\of\directory). I can't change that path. This is ...
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How can I set a Removable External Device as a built-in Hard Drive?

I am using SSD with my laptop and running out of free space.. So I bought an 64GB microSD card as a secondary storage. But, when I launch My Computer, the SD card drive is recognized as, of course, ...
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symlinks for admin users on Windows

On Windows you can create symlinks either if you start the programm, you want to create a symlink in (e.g. cmd), as Administrator. or if you give your user/usergroup the permission to create ...
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Is there a way to create a virtual drive in Ubuntu that contains multiple NTFS partitioned drives?

I have a dual boot set up (win 8/ubuntu 12.04) and in Ubuntu all 5 of my windows drives show up individually on the Unity launcher. It takes up a lot of space but I like being able to link directly to ...
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Will uninstalling a program that uses symbolic links also remove the linked files on Windows 7?

I recently discovered how to use symbolic links in Windows 7, and I've already started imagining and implementing uses for them. One such usage is to link a program's folder in Google Drive, allowing ...
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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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How to automatically mount hard drive in Ubuntu

I have an extra hard drive which I access regularly in Ubuntu, and I have a link from my home folder to a folder on this drive. However, this link doesn't work when I first log in because the hard ...
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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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What is the efficiency of NTFS Junctions?

Long story short, I am using the steamtool application, which was originally developed for the following reasons: Steam by default would save all your games to C:\ SSDs are becoming the new primary ...
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Symbolic link or Junction to a Networked Samba Share

I have a samba share mounted as a network drive. However, I can't make any sort of symbolic link or junction point to it. Is this possible? When I try the following command: mklink /D X:\Samba\dir ...
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Determining if a program is “actually using” a junction

I successfully (?) set up a junction link between the cache folder used by Iron browser to point to another folder on a ram drive, yet when I view the contents and size of both folders they are ...
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cp into destination hierarchy with symbolic link?

I am trying to write a site deploy script that will copy files like so: SOURCE . .. src/ html/ DEST . .. src/ html/ -> /var/www/ftproot/mysite I want the files in SOURCE html to go to DEST ...
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Working symlink isn't accessable through explorer Windows 8

I made a symlink to an folder with mklink on w8x64 between two NTFS partitions on the same disk. All programs think it's a valid folder, but Windows explorer doesn't seem to get this, and displays a ...