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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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 ...
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Partitions, symlinks, mounting as folders and performance

I'm going to have a 128-GB SSD which will contain Windows 8 and most applications, and a 1-TB hard drive which will contain most of the rest (large games, documents, select frequently overwritten ...
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Symlinking some of my drive to another, AND syncing structures (Link Shell Extension?)

I'm going to install a SSD and a hard drive on my computer soon. It's a 128 GB SSD, and a 1 TB hard drive. I'm going to use the SSD as follows: It will store the OS and most applications. As for the ...
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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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Symbolic link for log files on AIX

I have an AIX 5.3 and I need to point the /var/mylogs/trace directory at another /mydir/temp When I use the symbolic link syntax; ln -s /mydir/temp /var/mylogs/trace In /var/mylogs/trace I get a ...
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directory in /proc/sys/net/ipv4/config have no hard links?

Why the directories inside /proc/sys/net/ipv4/config have no hard links? ls -l /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf total 0 dr-xr-xr-x 0 root root 0 Dec 31 08:27 all dr-xr-xr-x 0 root root 0 Dec 31 08:27 default ...
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symbolic link issue in windows

I'trying to make a symbolic link for dropbox folder which will refer to music directory, so the command I entered was the following: mklink \D d:\User\Dropbox d:\User\My Music. When I tried to enter ...
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How do I backup symbolic links?

I created a ton of symbolic links using ln -s ../folder/subfolder mylinkname. How can I back this folder of "links" up so I could restore it at a later date? A compressed file or something similar ...
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Direction of a symlink

touch a ln -s a b The above command creates a symbolic link which originates from "b" and points to "a": lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 1 Dec 20 23:41 b -> a The question is that how to say that ...
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Give Access to a Subdirectory Without Giving Access to Parent Directories

I have a scenario involving a Windows file server where the "owner" wants to dole out permissions to a group of users of the following sort: \\server\dir1\dir2\dir3: Read & Execute and Write ...
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Can Chrome open a local file with relative path set via link?

Lets say the following windows file-structure is given: ./ ./portable_chrome.exe ./index.html ./load_index.lnk Is there a way to open the index.html with portable_chrome.exe via load_index.lnk with ...
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How to create drive symlink with colon for NTFS-3G symlinks in “.NTFS-3G” folder

The official documentation of NTFS-3G states that you need to create a mapping for drive-spanning NTFS symlinks because it obviously can't map Windows drives to Linux mount points: Another option ...
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How can I create persistent symlinks to my other drive?

When I create soft links within my /home folder to my other hdd (sdb) they no longer work when I restart my system. Do I have to mount my hdd to say /mnt/sdb on boot?
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Why doesn't my symbolic link work?

I'm trying to better understand symbolic links... and not having very much luck. This is my actual shell output with username/host changed: username@host:~$ mkdir actual username@host:~$ mkdir proper ...
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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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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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Symlink path can be followed manually, but `cd` returns Permission denied

I am trying to access the directory /usr/software/test/agnostic. There are several symlinks involved in this path. As you can see by the below transcript, I am unable to cd directly to the path, but I ...
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Checking where a symbolic link points at in Windows 7

In Windows 7, how can I check if a file is a symbolic link or not, if a folder is a junction or not, and how can I check where they are pointing at (in case they are symlink/junction). Both in ...
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Cascade file name changes on links in Windows 7

When making a link in Windows 7, is there a way to have name changes cascade to all links of the file? So if I have a file called: Interest.PDF and make a few links in other folders, but then I later ...
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How do I get cd to switch to the full path when following symbolic links?

How can I get the shell to understand the full path after following a symbolic link. In the example below I'd like the first "pwd" command to report "/Users/sholden/Projects/PS1/examples", and the "cd ...
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Moving the home directory to a new drive

I have no more space left on my hard-drive. So I bought a new one and I would like this hard-drive to be the home folder. I thought of copying all the stuff I have on the home folder to the ...
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Can't remove/delete symlink

I have tried to create a symlink and it threw this error: ln: accessing `.test': Permission denied Now I can't unlink or delete the symlink file. Tried Googling for help but could not find a ...
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Symlink in Windows 7 fails, although user is an admin

I am logged in Windows 7 (Home Premium) as user which is an administrator. When I open cmd.exe, mklink foo bar says: You do not have sufficient priviledge to perform this operation. I know I can ...
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Conditionally create symbolic link by filesize using find exec ubuntu 10.04

I have an interesting problem. I'm trying to create symbolic links in a single folder, for all files in a directory which are larger than a specified size. For clarification, here is an example: ...
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How can I set my desktop background folder to a shortcut?

I have a shortcut in my Pictures folder that points to a folder in my Dropbox containing my desktop backgrounds. I would like for my desktop backgrounds to cycle through images in this folder. But ...
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Unix Copy (cp) without Symbolic Links

I want to copy my files but convert the symbolic links to hard links (ie. the actual file). How can I do this? Here's my code (that isn't working): cp -RL ${FROM_DIR} ${TO_DIR} Note: this is for ...
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View a list of symbolic links on system?

Is there a way to see a list of all the symbolic links that are active on a Windows machine?
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403 Forbidden on OS X with symbolic link

I just upgraded to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to find that my web server setup was ruined by the upgrade. I managed to get PHP and Apache back up and running, but I still do not have my old setup from ...
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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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How to remove a duplicate symbolic link

I accidentally created a link to a folder in the same directory with the same name as the folder, and I'm not sure how to safely remove it without removing the actual folder. # ls -l total 4 ...
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How do I find all the symbolic links to a master file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find out if a symbolic link exists, that points to /tmp? I have an mpeg file that has been linked to in a number of directories. I need to replace all those ...