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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Have Yum update vmlinuz, initramfs symlinks in /boot automatically (Fedora)

Whenever Yum updates the kernel, there's a new set of (vmlinuz* initramfs*) files in /boot and the Grub config is updated to directly point to those new files. Where is the setting that will force ...
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Is it necessary to exclude “both” symbolic linked folders in antivirus?

I'm trying to exclude a folder from antivirus scanning, and I'm wondering if it's necessary to tell the antivirus (MSE) to exclude both "folders" in order to truly exclude the actual folder? For ...
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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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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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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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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 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 to copy relative symbolic links and keep targets

My situation has 2 directories: /blah/d01 and /blah/d02 $ls -l /blah/d01 a/ b/ c/ fa -> a fb -> b fc -> c and I want to copy fa, fb, fc to /blah/d02, and as a result: $ls -l /blah/d02 fa ...
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Generate a list of files by piping output of find command into another find command?

I need to generate a list of files for use in a shell script. The list should be all files (in a specified directory) that are hardlinked. I want to replace the hardlinks with symlinks. (Obviously, ...
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OS X: prevent Finder/File Chooser from following directory symlinks

I have a have a symlink foo in /Users/myaccount which points to /Volumes/foo. In the Finder or file chooser, the symlink does not show up as directory, so I can't expand it to select ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)?
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Cannot change files after creating a symlink in Windows 8.1

I created a symlink in Windows 8.1 (to point my documents folder to dropbox). Since then I am no longer able to write or delete contents in that folder. I always get an access denied error (but I am ...
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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 | ...
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Apache 403 forbidden symlink

I have a symlink from /home/public/folder to /var/www/example.com/thing but when I try to access example.com/thing i get 403 forbidden. I have given /home, /home/public and /home/public/folder o+x ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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?
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...