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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Symlinks are inaccessible by their full path on OS X

I have symlinks pointing to applications placed in /usr/local/bin which is in the path. However, I can't run these applications from other folders. Even more weird, I can't access them by the full ...
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vifm: creating symbolic links

How does one create a symbolic link in vifm? The documentation and help file mention no word of it.
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rm -rf problem on ubuntu 9.04

Ok this is a sort of solved problem, however i am still interested in what was behind it.. I have been building chromium from source for a while now, and decided to get rid of the src directroy and ...
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Linked Files and Folders in OSX from Finder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create a symbolic link in the Mac OS X Finder I use ln -s original new to make linked directories in OSX, but there must be a way using my mouse... no?
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Duplicate filename with _0001, but zero file size

I have, somehow, created many duplicates of some files, they end in _0001.php for example. I might have done this while trying to crete symbolic links. The sym links work, but I now have these files. ...
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How can I create symbolic links in Windows 8.1 without an admin command prompt?

I am hoping that someone can correct me where I'm going wrong when trying to create a symbolic link in Windows 8.1 without having to run cmd.exe as administrator. Whenever I try to create a symlink ...
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How to delete broken symbolic links

I have a case where a lot of symbolic links remain after the original file was deleted. It was the result after leaving a Jenkins installation saving all build logs until the number of available ...
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Can symbolic links be used for website URLs?

I'm developing a new website to replace our old website. The URL the dev site is 11.22.33.44/~abc/ (not that IP exactly) because that's what Host Gator gave me to use. Once complete, I'll change DNS ...
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Link a folder to another folder without using space

I want to link one folder from a part of the drive to another folder that syncs it with Box, retaining the original copy and without using any additional space. Shortcut files don't work, so I am ...
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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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SymLink only works in the same directory

user@laptop ~ $ sudo ln -s ~/Games/JA/openjk.i386 ~/Desktop/JA user@laptop ~ $ readlink -f ~/Desktop/JA /home/user/Games/JA/openjk.i386 As you can see, the symlink points to the file, but when I try ...
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Symlink to a directory including the trailing slash and without

Is there any noticeable difference between symlinking to a directory including the trailing slash and doing it without, i.e. the difference in doing ln -s somedir/ dir vs. ln -s somedir dir whereby ...
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Cross platform softlinks?

I am using a scientific software that require softlinks to work with reasonable efficiency. However, I'd also like to sync my data, that must contain bare data from that software (i.e. not packaged ...
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Creating an 'alias' or 'symlink' to a separate folder in apache

-/ |--bin |--home |--user_1 |--somefile.html |--somefile2.html |--user_2 |--differentFile.html |--var |--www |--file1.html i want the urls to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Use a symbolic link to create a new symbolic link

I have 2 directories (FOO, LALA). I create a symbolic link in one of them like this ln -s /etc/apache2 FOO/apache2 Afterwards I want to create another symlink, pointing to the same directory, but ...
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Virtual machine sharing setup with Windows host and *nix guest that allows symlinks?

I'm using VirtualBox (and have tried VMWare) on a Windows 7 host with an Ubuntu server guest. I've set up folder sharing in VirtualBox so that my Ubuntu server home dir is a mount of my Windows 7 home ...
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Is it possible to fork a symlink?

I have my configuration file (e.g. .zshrc) put into an encfs container. When I log into the system the container is not yet mounted, hence the the symlink is dangling then. Is there a way to let the ...
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Linux: Shared and mounted directories

Fairly-new to Linux and am trying to see if I can start getting a little clever. I have a server that contains files that I'd like to have "locally" accessible on other servers directly under the / ...
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Symbolic linking and shrinking available space

I symbolically linked two drives across a folder located in the program files folder of the C:\ directory. This folder is linked to a much larger/slower HDD. Windows is installed on a small SSD ...
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linking private documents in public directory

On an OS X server, I have some documents in /Users/me/Documents/here/ Permissions to /Users/me/Documents is set to drwxrwxr--. Permissions to /Users/me/Documents/here is set to drwxrwxr-x. I want ...
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Mac alias/symbolic link question

If I create a symbolic link or alias pointing to $HOME/Desktop and place it in a .dmg disk image, then distribute the dmg, will the link still point to the Desktop for the end user?
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symbolic links based on user's id

I'm wondering how to create in linux something like symbolic link, that wil point to different directories for different users seeing it. I was searching for long time for itand found something called ...
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So I want to separate my Program Files from the hard disk with the other system files. What is the best way to do this?

So I am running Windows 7 as my only OS. I have two hard drives on my computer. The first one is a 74GB Western Digital 10K RPM Raptor. The second one is a 1TB Seagate Barracuda (couldn't remember ...
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Web shortcuts (.url) not working on Windows 7

I'm experiencing several symptoms, but I believe they are all related to web link files not working. First, I can't create we link files anymore. When I try New > Shortcut and put an URL, I get the ...
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Linux/Bash: Create relative soft links to files in directory tree?

I'd like to make links to all files in a directory tree. Which means, create the same directory structure and make the links in them to the respective subdirectory in the original dir. That could be ...
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What archivers support symlinks on Windows? [closed]

I'd like to back up and restore directory trees that include symlinks created with "mklink /d" on Windows 7. Are there any free & open source archivers that support windows symlinks? winrar 5.1 ...
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What does Windows Backup do with symlinks?

I'd like to use Windows Backup to backup my Documents folder, but I have very large datasets which I have several symlinks to in my Documents folder. These datasets are backed up elsewhere, so I don't ...
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Persistent mapping of folders per Windows user?

We have a legacy application that lives in C:\APP, which is hard coded to look only in that directory for its config. The current setup is that there's a central server which is essentially a ...
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Add external volume app folder to Launchpad

I have a primary volume and secondary volume which I store apps on in a folder called HDD Applications. Launchpad only looks at the /Applications folder on the primary drive for apps. How can I get ...
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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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Apache won't follow symlinks even with permissions set

I can't get apache to follow symlinks outside the web root directory, even though permissions look OK and FollowSymLinks is on. The details are below. I have two world-readable text files: /tmp/hello ...
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realpath (GNU coreutils 8.22) does resolve “.” symlink regardless of “-s”

I'm trying to use realpath in a script which has to ensure that it is located under a certain (possibly symlinked) path. Also the script has to be runnable from any location, so it cannot presume that ...
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ESXi and ghettoVCM - rotate weekly backups to (2) different drives

I am using ghettoVCB to perform VM snapshot backups on an ESXi server. ghettoVCB has a config file that stores parameters for performing the backup. One of the parameters is the destination path, ...
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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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Apache2: having trouble setting new projects

I just installed LAMP on Linux Mint 15 and ran into troubles when setting up my projects. First I tried putting a symlink into the /var/www directory that points to the project folder in my home ...
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Can someone compare and contrast Linux “ln -s” and Windows “mklink /J”

I am very familiar with command line commands in linux, and how symlinks(ln -s) work. I am trying to duplicate this feature in windows. Specifically I would like to convert my downloads folder that is ...
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NTFS symlink not syncing to target folder

In Windows 7, I've created a directory symlink in my SkyDrive folder that points to my My Documents folder. In other words, I have the following folders: c:\users\<user name>\documents ...
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Safety of redirecting System folders (e.g. : program files ,users,… ) using symbolic links?

Can redirecting system folders as mentioned above using symbolic links cause problems to the system or some applications? And is there any problem if I redirect the folders to another partition on ...
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Fixing lost symbolic link status [closed]

I have a couple of soft symbolic links that have lost their link status and have become normal files containing link TARGET_FILE_LOCATION I searched quite a bit to find a way to restore their ...