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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Easiest way to restore symbolic links turned into text files?

I had folders with many symbolic links in them. Unfortunately after copying that around different filesystems, they've turned into plain text files with the link target as the contents. That is: ...
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How can I create a symbolic link from Windows that will work under Linux?

I have a ASUS O!Play HD media center hard-drive thingie. It has a 2TB hard drive which is formatted in NTFS, and runs some version of linux. The UI for this thing is awful, and every time I turn it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Samba Linux shares — Why won't windows machines display/follow symbolic links?

I set up a generally working samba server on a Linux machine like this: useradd -g users netshareuser passwd netshareuser smbpasswd -a netshareuser (passwords are the same) mkdir /net/share ...
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Shared home folders between operating systems

After my hard drive calved yet again in my MacBook Pro, I decided to re-do my dual booting. My goal is to triple boot, with OSX 10.6.8 (installed), Windows 7 Home Premium and a flavour of Linux ...
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can i create a symlink from an ec2 disk to S3 bucket?

Is it possible to create a symlink from a file on the local disk of a windows machine in ec2 so that it is actually stored in an S3 bucket? MSMQ wants to write our queue to a local disk and this ...
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Symlink all files in a Folder to a new Folder

Ideally what I am seeking is a way to rename all my anime keeping original files intact without using extra data space The solution I can think of is creating a duplicate folder path to another ...
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Utility for creating symlink to directory tree

I remember that there is an utility for GNU/Linux, that given some directory, builds the same directory hierarchy, but with all regular files replaced by symlinks to the corresponding ones. I can't ...
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Sym-linking windows with linux

Is it possible to make a sym-link in linux that can be used by windows? I have a dual boot system of Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7 and I want to move my AppData folder to another drive. I was planning on ...
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MacOS: How to “cd” into a symlink?

I have a folder "abc". I create a symlink: ln -s abc abclink. but then, whan I type, cd abclink it says "No such file or directory". I can see the link, it has "lrwxr-xr-x" permissions, why doesn't ...
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How can I create a symlink which points to another symlink?

Is there any way to create a symbolic link which points to another symbolic link? I have link A (pointing to address1 = /home/data/username/var) in /home/data directory and I need to create link B ...
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Is there a fast method of changing directory to a symbolic links parent or source?

Say I have folder stucture: |- dir1/ | |- sub1/ | |- dir2/ |- sub1link -> /dir1/sub1/ and my current working directory is sub1link, is there a quick way to either: change directory to ...
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Change many symbolic links at once?

I have about 40 symbolic links in a directory that look like this: lrwxr-xr-x 1 anna staff 45B 22 Jun 11:20 menu-bg-left.jpg -> ../../../../../hg/www/images/menu-bg-left.jpg lrwxr-xr-x ...
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mac os x, find all symbolic links that point to files on a different volume

In my ~ dir, I have some symlinks that point to "/Volumes/Macintosh HD 2/..." and I want to find them all recursively. A look at the man page for 'find' says the '-lname' argument will search the ...
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Ubuntu make symbolic link between new folder in Home to existing folder

To the point. I have Ubuntu Maverick running on my Lenovo G450. Before, it was Windows 7. All my data are inside another partition, its NTFS. FSTAB line to mount that partition : /dev/sda5 /data ...
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Linux $PATH variables, soft links, and Command Not Found

I am having problems with symbolic links and the $PATH variable. I have a directory: # /usr/rulerX/square where /usr/rulerX/square is a symbolic link such that: # ls -la square --> ...
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Ubuntu symbolic link the content of a folder

I have two folders such as nonserved/ folder1/ folder2/ and a served folder via Apache media/ js/ css/ img/ In the end, I want to include/append contents of /nonserved to ...
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symlink and sudo executable

If I have the below sudoers entry usera ALL=(userb) NOPASSWD: /home/userc/bin/executable-file usera ALL=(userb) NOPASSWD: /home/userc/bin/link-to-another-executable-file When I log-on as usera and ...
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How to link a directory in Ubuntu to a directory in Windows 7?

I've just installed Ubuntu 10.04, trying out linux for the first time. I'm wondering if it's possible to link my documents folder in Ubuntu to my documents folder in Windows, so that when I open the ...
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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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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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Unix permissions error when working with symbolic link and MySQL installation

I'm working to install MySQL on one of our servers. I'm the ec2-user, and I'm attempting to install in the ec2-user home directory, but allowing access to the directory to the mysql user. However, ...
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Time Machine backup to Google Drive folder? [closed]

My university uses Google Apps. With Google recently unveiling higher education customers will receive unlimited drive space, I want to take advantage of this to automatically backup my Mac. The ...
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Go to directory of symlink file target

How can I create a command (or alias) to go to the directory which contains the target file of a symlink. For example, if I have a symlink symFile@ -> /Users/zhermes/some/dir/someFile I'd like ...
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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 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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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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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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How to copy directories into symbolic links using rsync?

I have directories and files locally and I want to copy them over to another box using rsync . The problem is that most of the data is already on the remove box, but not on the target disk. E.g., I ...
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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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What factors might prevent this symlink from working as intended?

I'm on a Windows 7 64-bit machine, and I've been trying to get a symlink set up to some rather hefty files so that I don't need to use twice the memory (two different applications need to access these ...
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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 ...