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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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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Windows hard link taking up space?

On my computer I create a hard link mklink /h git-link.exe git.exe Hardlink created for git-link.exe <<===>> git.exe Now they both take up space 2012-04-17 12:14 AM 6,905,039 ...
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Why doesn't XCOPY copy my junctions?

I'm trying to copy a Users Directory with XCOPY, but parts of it are not working. (I'm running as Administrator, in a command prompt which was started with Run As Administrator) The user directory ...
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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 ...
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removing symbol link with too many levels of symbolic links

I created a link by the command sudo ln -s /etc/Sublime\ Text/ /usr/bin/subl Now I am trying to remove it with sudo rm -r /usr/bin/subl/ But it is telling me rm: cannot remove ...
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How to soft link/ Hard link a folder to a remote server's folder

I'm new to modifying links as well as administering Linux, Is it possible to soft link a specific folder to a remote server's folder? (I'm not sure what to use hardlinks/symlinks/etc.) Sorry for ...
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Executable can't find correct files when called via symbolic link

I made a symbolic link to an executable with ln -s /usr/bin/mydir/myexec /usr/bin/myexec When I executed myexec in Bash, it does not load the proper files which are located in the original myexec's ...
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Developer is requesting that I symlink /sbin/shutdown to /bin/shutdown, why?

A developer who is build a bespoke system for my company is asking me to set the following symlink, and I'm not sure whether there is any point to this at all, and why the developer can't just change ...
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shell utility to check if directory is an ancestor to a file

How can I check that a given regular file of path f is a descendant of a directory of path d. If not for symlinks, I would just check if d (with a trailing slash) is prefix to f. Now with symlinks ...
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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 ...
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Can't get symbolic link creation permissions to work under windows

I am trying to grant my user the privileges to create symbolic links. I ran secpol.msc and navigated to Local policies -> User rights assignment -> Create symbolic links. I have added my user's ...
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Starting programs from terminal then exiting terminal exits started programs?

I really was unsure how to phrase the question title. What I mean is that when I use the terminal to start a program, most of the time when the terminal is closed it also exits the programs started ...
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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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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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remote symbolic link / junction

Might be a pretty obvious one but have had some trouble finding solid answers. I have a directory on a windows network share containing different versions of an application. I would like to have a ...
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Can I mirror a folder's contents as it's changed in OSX?

TL;DR How can I mirror the contents of a Mac OSX directory, to another directory on my hard drive? I have a Dropbox folder that I use on all of my computers (a few Windows machines and a Macbook.) ...
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Detect all links that exists pointing to /tmp?

I want to find out which file links exist that point to my /tmp folder on Ubuntu. Background: I had a problem, that my /tmp folder privileges were changed by some accident to 755. The system wasn't ...
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Symbolic links when formatted

I have a symbolic link in C drive to a location on D drive. If I delete the C drive partition or format C drive, will it delete/destroy the files on D drive? I run windows 7
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On Linux (CentOS 5), remembering when we've followed a symlink and being about to 'cd ..' out again

I'm trying to figure out how to tell the shell (tcsh) to remember when I've gone into a symlinked folder, and allow 'cd ..' to navigate back out of the symlink rather than just navigate to the parent ...
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how would i find all locations of symlinks that point to a particular path or file?

I have a file system where one or more symlinks exist to a file. Is there a way to go thru each file and determine where all the symlinks that point to it on the file system are? OS is Ubuntu 9.10 ...
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Backup remote Linux from Windows. Recognize symbolic links

I'm trying to backup a Linux Server from a Windows 7 Laptop. The Problem I'm facing is that backup solutions for Windows do not recognize Linux symbolic links. The backup clients just follow the ...
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Make the contents of two folders appear in one

In Windows 7, I have three folders: "Images", "assets" and "all". I want the contents of "Images " and "assets" to appear in "all" automatically without copying those files into that folder (e.g. ...
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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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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 ...
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Directory of dereferenced symbolic link?

In shell script, how can I dereference a symbolic link and get the directory of the file it links to?
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Adobe Reader not accessing Symbolic Link over network drive

My main system is running Windows 7. I have a mapped network drive (call it z:) that is hosted on a Windows XP machine (not sure if this matters at all). I have created a Symbolic link (call it SL, ...
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Following a remote symbolic link via Windows Shares

In Windows 7 X64 I have a directory C:\shares\ Which contains 2 shared folders, each of these contains a couple of hundred symlinks, mapping the contents of 4 folders spread across 4 drives. So ...
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A sync method that creates symbolic links?

Does anybody know of an sync app that can produce symbolic links rather than copying the files? Or what would a (Windows) batch script look like that does this? If a script is the solution, I want to ...
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how to know if a directory is referenced by a symlink

Is there a command that I could execute to find out if a directory is referenced by a symlink somewhere on the machine. ie: pwd => /home/user/source/ vdir lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 24 ...
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How much space do NTFS hardlinks/symlinks occupy?

Well, I guess it must be something proportional to the original filename plus the new filename for symlinks, and only the new filename for hardlinks, but how does this affect the disk space exactly? I ...
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Can one symlink to a URL? [closed]

I have a CSS file that I'd like to symlink to an external CSS file. The external CSS file is only available as a URL - it's not on my filesystem. Is this possible? I'm running OSX.
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Is it inefficient to have symbolic links to symbolic links?

We're setting up a series of Makefiles where we want to have a project-level include directory that will have symbolic links to sub-project-level include files. Many sub-project developers have ...
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Differentiate between folders and symbolic links on Windows

I created some symbolic links for some folders when I had Windows Server 2008 R2 installed. Now I have formatted and installed Windows 7. The symlinks are still there but I don't know how to ...
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Are my Linux symbolic links acting correctly?

I've been using Linux on and off for the last 15 years and today I came across something in bash that surprised me. Setup the following directory structure: $ cd /tmp $ mkdir /tmp/symlinktest $ ...
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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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Can I make a read-only symlink in Windows?

I have two game accounts in a game that allows addons. The addons save their data into files. Whenever the game is closed (from a manual close, a disconnect, a crash, etc.), the game writes to the ...
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batch current directory when starting as administrator

Background: I like to have my computer clean. Especially I don't like programs and services starting with my windows, but I still want to use all my programs without having to manually start ...
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Update junction in Windows 8.1

I'm doing this: net stop wuauserv then: rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old and then: mklink E:\windows\SoftwareDistribution \D I'm doing \d in the end because ...
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Apache NTFS symlink linux

I have a dualboot system with a common NTFS drive. I wish to store my files there and run from there. I ran into several roadblocks and cleared most of them. Here is what I am facing. I have set my ...
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Trouble creating real NTFS links using Cygwin

I have administrator privileges and would like Cygwin's ln -s to make NTFS links instead of the fake !<symlink> files that only Cygwin understands. I tried the following, based on Cygwin ...
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Can I create a “symlink-esque” file to “merge” two files together?

I'm dealing with an application that reads a config file, config.yml, from the current directory. This config file contains both secret information (API keys) that shouldn't be checked in to source ...
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Can mklink make portable links?

Is there any way to create portable links in NTFS using mklink? Or it there a better solution? I want to be able to distribute an application in a zip file or folder copy where there is one "real" ...
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How do I delete symlinks from a Windows folder with a batch file/script?

How do I delete all symlinks and only all symlinks from a folder with a batch file/script? The folder is c:\wamp\www, and this is what I've tried: Content files delete.cmd for /f "delims=" %%D in ...
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Using CIFS to mount a Windows share that symlinks another Windows share

I have a Windows Server 2008 VM that hosts some files that are accessed by a mixture of Windows and Linux (Ubuntu 12.04) machines via a windows share. Due to space constraints on the VM host that the ...
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Link My Documents folder to external SD Card

I have a laptop with 120GB SSD (limited space) and a 64GB SD card in the laptop. I have cloned my hard drive from a clean install of all the software installed. I would like to have the My Documents ...