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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
2answers
1k views

Can I move Windows 7 C:\Users more easily using 2 installs of Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition I am trying to move my Windows 7 C:\Users folder off of my 64GB SSD onto another drive (A partition on an ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Move files from EXT to NTFS preserving symbolic links

When I try to move lots of files from an EXT partition to an NTFS partition in Ubuntu, it complains about "Filesystem does not support symbolic links", and fails. Of course NTFS does support symbolic ...
2
votes
1answer
831 views

Symbolic link modification for HP unix

I'm trying to modify the following in order to rename some symbolic links: find /home/user/public_html/qa/ -type l \ -lname '/home/user/public_html/dev/*' -printf \ 'ln -nsf $(readlink %p|sed ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Perforce and how to create symbolic links on samba share in Windows

I am using Perforce and have Workspace of project under Linux. The project contains many symbolic links. I have no problems with Perforce and the symbolic links as long as I work on Linux. However, if ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Windows 7 on SSD using Symlinks

for my new desktop computer i want to buy a (smaller) SSD drive and put Windows 7 64bit on the SSD and only the most used stuff. And a second (bigger) normal HDD on which everything else goes. What is ...
2
votes
1answer
107 views

Would it be okay to share Firefox's user.js between Linux and Windows?

Would it be okay to share Firefox's user.js between Linux and Windows (using a symbolic link in Linux)?
2
votes
0answers
19 views

Is is possible to create symlink inside another symlink?

I have the below folder structure: My Windows Machine |-- E: | -- myphotos <== link to ==> \\192.168.0.10\\myphotos | ...
2
votes
1answer
504 views

Removing shortcut overlay icon from symlinks only

I have recently started using symlinks to organise my folders on my PC but I do not like the Windows shortcut icon overlaying the link. I have seen tutorials for removing the icon from shortcuts (I ...
2
votes
0answers
82 views

Is it safe to move C:\Users and add a symbolic link\junction?

I am using Windows 8.1 and the Users directory has got a bit big (22.2Gb). I'd like to move it off the SSD and onto the massive HDD. Is it safe to replace is with a symbolic link from the SSD to the ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

How to delete a broken symbolic file link in Windows

So I have a file in a directory with an unicode name. I wanted to create a link to this elsewhere, but when I tried to do it with a command like mklink file "S:\ディレクトリ\target" in cmd.exe, the result ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

change several symlink destinations at once

Recently I changed my username in osx following apple documentation. I have sh and bin directories under home directory. Normally I write sh/foo.sh and link it to bin/foo to use it. After changing ...
2
votes
0answers
428 views

Can not cd into symlink on Debian 7

I want to give user webadmin full access to directory /usr/tomcat/webapps. So, I have created a symlink in webadmin's home directory to the target directory: lrwxrwxrwx 1 webadmin tomcat 28 Aug 19 ...
2
votes
0answers
67 views

Time Machine backs up symbolic links that haven't changed

Lately I've noticed that my Time Machine backups are taking a very long time. I recently replaced my boot drive, and I thought the problem might have been due to the way I reconnected the drive to the ...
2
votes
0answers
309 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Symbolic Links to an Existing Folder

I'm trying to synchronize two folders on two different computers to my Dropbox folder on their respective machines. So for example: XP: C:\Dev -> C:\Documents and Settings\username\Dropbox\Dev OSX: ...
2
votes
1answer
295 views

Symlink all files but copy certain extensions

I'm wondering how I'd be able to symlink all the files in a dir structure and then also copy files of a certain extension in that dir. I'm basically symlinking all files within /foo/a,b,c to ...
2
votes
1answer
367 views

symbolic link on folder created every day

I've this structure 2011-04-18T07.32.19UTC 2011-04-19T07.32.19UTC 2011-04-20T03.15.01UTC Every night, a new directory based on the current date is created. I would create a symbolic link on the ...
2
votes
2answers
918 views

Moving folders into a Truecrypt volume on Linux and using symbolic links for them

I've been running Linux Mint for a couple months and now I want to apply some encryption to certain data-sensitive folders. I've read that Ubuntu has an installation option to encrypt everything in ...
2
votes
0answers
465 views

Cannot change permissions in symlinked dropbox directory in Ubuntu 10.10

Title pretty much says it all, but here's what I'm doing... ls -l produces this... drwx------ 1 brian brian 4096 2010-12-28 14:19 foldername -rw------- 1 brian brian 0 2010-12-28 15:54 index.html ...
2
votes
1answer
793 views

Accessing files obscured by filesystem mounted at non-empty directory

I wish to mount a volume/filesystem at a non-empty directory, yet still retain access to the directory's contents. Is this possible? I know that a filesystem can be mounted at a non-empty directory ...
2
votes
1answer
612 views

The fastest way for relinking a directory

I use a Gentoo Linux, and I'm currently moving my /usr/portage (portage's database, containing thousands of small ebuild files), /var/tmp/portage (portage's compiling directory), and /var/tmp/ccache ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

Ubuntu - Create a link to a specified directory so I can easily change to that directory

Is it possible to create a symlink to a directory, like /var/lib/tomcat6/webapps/MyWar that I can access from everywhere? I want to be able to say cd myapp from anywhere in the directory tree and go ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

Zipping files in OSX, want to 'resolve' symbolic links

I have a number of directories, they're all demos of web scripts I have created, the important fact is they all share resources. So I have created a global resources directory and symbolically linked ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
58 views

Why doesn't this Linux symlink work?

I'm trying to create a symbolic link for the file logs inside home/dir1/ to the file netlogs inside home/dir3/. The link is created but when I try to look at the contents of netlogs I got this error ...
1
vote
2answers
165 views

Is there something like hardlinks that split into separate files on modifications?

Let's say files orig and copy are huge but identical files. In order to save storage space one could therefore either make copy a soft-link to orig or hard-link both files to the same data. orig must ...
1
vote
1answer
765 views

How to find source of a symbolic link?

Say fileA is a sym link to fileB. I have only fileB at hand and want to find all files that are sym links to fileB. Is there a command to show this in *nix?
1
vote
1answer
839 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
150 views

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" ...
1
vote
2answers
285 views

How to copy all the files from a folder but the symlink

I'd like to copy everything recursively from a folder but the files symlinked from an other directory, how can I achieve that?
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
81 views

Is a symlink to a directory a file or a directory?

I have several commands that remove files and directories. One of them deleted a symlink that was pointing to a directory. It raised the following question: which command removed it? The one that ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Disk usage of a symbolic link

If I check the file size of a symbolic link by stat(), then it reports a nonzero file size equal to the link path string. But when I use du on the link, it reports a size of zero blocks. Is there a ...
1
vote
2answers
552 views

Is there a method to find how many soft links point to certain file?

SSH is a soft link (symbolic link or symlink) to dropbear. I want to know how many files are soft linked to dropbear. Is there any method to find how many soft links point to certain file? It would ...
1
vote
2answers
50 views

Is it safe to replace a folder with a partition mounted to that folder n Windows 7?

I know most programs won't notice the difference, but is it true for e.g. virtualization software like VMware? I'll give you an example: Let's say my virtual machines are in C:\_VM\ My C: space ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

How to stop Windows 7 Built-in-Backup creating a System Image of too many drives?

I do not want to include (D:) drive in the image. I believe I know the cause of this, it's because I have some Directory Junctions and/or Symbolic Links. Any suggestions other than removing the ...
1
vote
3answers
788 views

Move to the directory of a symbolic link

On a UNIX machine I in my current directory I create a symbolic link: > ln -s public_html/code/index.html Which creates a file locally named index.html. How can cd to the directory ...
1
vote
3answers
981 views

How do I get Windows XP to change where My Videos, My Music and My Pictures folders are pointing to, to make them act like Linux symlinks?

I love how in Linux you can link to folders. Is there some way to get the same functionality in Windows XP, maybe by editing the Registry.
1
vote
2answers
100 views

Symbolic links in root

We have a (small) lan of linux boxes running cross mounted directories where in each host has the others mounted as hostname:/ on /hostname. So for completeness, each machine could also have itself ...
1
vote
2answers
146 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
872 views

Make a symlink in bash with two relative paths

I have two directories in my home: ~/dir1 and ~/dir2 with a file in the first: ~/dir1/file.txt Is there any way that I can make a symlink to it from ~/dir2 without moving to ~/ and if not why is that ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Show one folder's content in other folder

My question is about Linux. I have 2 folders - /home/user/first and /home/user/second. In the /home/user/first there are some files. The second folder is empty. What I want to do is to have ...
1
vote
1answer
522 views

trying to make symbolic link but have spaces in folder name

I'm trying to make a symbolic link via the windows command prompt. I am using a drop box-like service called Copy. it creates a new folder which it syncs to the web and other computers that it's ...
1
vote
2answers
63 views

Need some help on creating sym links

Using Linux Centos 6 I have 16 years of data sorted in directories by year and then day (1997/001, 1997/002...). Each 'day' directory has 24 files, 1 for each hour, with hour name in each file (i.e. ...
1
vote
2answers
373 views

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.
1
vote
2answers
5k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
319 views

bash :: visually distinguishing hard links on ls

I am using bash shell in Ubuntu precise. I am partial to symbolic links in bash even when a hard link would make more sense because they can be more easily identified with an ls. In contrast, for ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Win7 System folder contains infinitely looping SYSTEM(!) directory

My Windows 7 Enterprise computer has been crashing fairly frequently recently, so I decided to boot up in safe mode and run the TrendMicro client I have installed. It froze about 10 minutes into the ...