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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Windows 7 NTFS Symbolic Link - Network Share Availability/Timeout

In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, is there a way to quickly detect if the target of a symbolic link is available? For example, a symbolic link is created to a remote share UNC using the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Registry and Symbolic Links When Formatting

I had moved a folder to another drive and then established a symbolic link with mklink (in Windows 7). Now I want to format the original hard drive that I linked to. I understand that the data on the ...
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Make symlink on Windows of whole tree without modifying the original folder

I'm trying to do this: make a symlink of a whole directory "C:/Master", in different folders like "C:\Projects\Alpha\", "C:\Projects\Beta\" an so on. "Master" directory usually changes in files and ...
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Running a symlink locally

I am running the same program multiple times over a linux platform. It is compiled at another server, and frequently updated, and it's uploaded over through rsync to all "hosting" servers, which do ...
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Microsoft OneNote 2010 & symbolic links

OneNote uses a simple folder structure to organise its Sections and Sub-Sections - a Section is a file, a Sub-Section is a subfolder within the notebook which contains its own Section files. What I'd ...
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How to get Dropbox to sync changes inside a symlinked directory?

On Win 7 I have a symbolic link from inside the Dropbox pointing to an external directory which I'd like to sync. Upon the initial sym-linking and whenever restarting the Dropbox program, the sync ...
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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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Can I add ADMX files via symbolic links?

Is it possible to add Group Policy templates (ADMX files) on a local Windows 7 machine by creating a symbolic link (soft link) in the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder that points to an ADMX file ...
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Multi user web software update solution

I want to accomplish an easy update procedure for web software that is used by multiple users. The idea is to have the software with multiple versions at /opt/software/version-1.2.3/ or ...
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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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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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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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Linux mount part of filesystem as template

Here's what I'd like to do: I have some directories that I need to have separate copies of, but these directories are 2+ GB so simply copying the directory several times seems inefficient. 90% of ...
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How do I search/replace symbolic links?

I've been having this issue for a long time, and I don't want to reinstall the whole system, yet. Now there's an app that runs on Java, and it doesn't even open. The logs says some cocoa files were ...
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shortcut to recursively copying a directory preserving modes, ownerships and hard and symbolic links

I am using the following to recursively copy a directory while preserving modes, permissions as well as hard and symbolic links: cp -pr --preserve=links dir-a dir-b However I have the following ...
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Permissions within Windows symlink to a Samba share

I have a microserver running Ubuntu from which I have created some Samba shared folders which I access from my PC and laptop running Windows 7. I have created some symlinks (using mklink /d) on the ...
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OS X Lion : Remove some users folders an replace them by a symbolic link

I have copied my music, movies and pictures folders to another drive and created symbolic links in my user folder that point the new location. The links do work, but I cannot remove the original ...
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Windows 7 Symlink to network drive root

My Ubuntu server provides storage to my Windows 7 workstation through the use of SMB and network drives. One symlink currently links from a network drive to my iTunes library folder. Within that ...
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Flatten symlink for Virtualbox Share

I have a Virtualbox machine that I use for development, and I mount a directory for a project I'm working on within it. This directory has symlinks to a few other directories around my host file ...
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Soft link to a Excel sheet created in Unix is displayed as a Folder in Window

Created a Softlink for a Excel sheet using the following command, in Unix shared file system. temp$ ln -s temp1/Main.xlsm Link.xlsm But when I view the temp directory in Windows, Link.xlsm appears ...
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vim does not preserve symlink over sshfs

I'm having some trouble with symlinks and sshfs. I use the '-o follow_symlinks' option to follow symlinks on the server side, but whenever I edit a symlinked file on the client side with vim, a copy ...
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Soft links behaving badly in OS X

I have a very small open source project used to help people with speech disabilities communicate. You can see a working version here and the github for the whole project is here. I'm currently ...
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HRef File links in Firefox and Chrome

Hope someone can help. I know the Firefox file link topic has been done to death but I think I have folowed the rules and still get no joy. I have the following that I need to show all related ...
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Symlink to a nonexistent drive in Windows

When I try to create a directory junction to a windows drive that does not yet exist, I get the following message: C:\>mklink H H:\ /J Local volumes are required to complete the operation. I ...
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GNU tar treatment of symbolic link timestamp

I need to use (GNU) tar to move a directory tree from one Linux machine to another, and I want symbolic links to remain symbolic links. I did it with just the usual command line options (cf and xf). ...
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Temporary Profile created after symlinking moved appdata folder

I have an SSD B and a HD C. My windows installation is on B. I originally had my entire user folder symlinked onto C. I wanted faster access to my appdata folder so I logged onto my admin account in ...
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Symbolic Links to a subfolder

Problem This is my directory structure F:\dir\lev1\lev2\lev3 Consider there are files at every level of this directory structure. I'd like to create a Symbolic Link in F:\dir to the directory ...
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permission differences from mac finder vs terminal ssh

I am hoping that some of you Super Users can help me. I am working in an unix environment. /g/typas/Manuel>uname -a Linux submaster 2.6.32-279.11.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Oct 16 15:57:10 UTC 2012 ...
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Handling symbolic links in c include path

I'm compiling some software that uses the socket.h library. Make fails with this: In file included from /usr/include/sys/socket.h:38:0, from com/etsy/net/UnixDomainSocket.c:9: ...
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Do “child object” ACL changes through Explorer traverse junctions/symlinks?

Does the option to.. "Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object" ..traverse through symbolic links and junctions? I'm trying to debug ...
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Using Junctions (or directory link) to mirror profile for two different domains?

I have a weird setup at work. My computer is linked to two domains, one's the primary domain which I'm logged into 99.9% of the time. The other domain is primarily for SQL Server management (and ...
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Replace Symlinks with Real File in Windows

So I recently began using Kickstrap for a new project, and I've discovered that while Kickstrap successfully compiles and puts all the files in the right place, any files that end up identical are ...
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Create Windows-compatable symbolic links in Ubuntu

I am using a SSD which is running out of space. Like 300 kB remaining. I need a symbolic link from the Program Files folders(32 bit and 64 bit) on the C drive to the E drive. Unfortunatly, the mklink ...
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Which direction should symlinks for Dropbox go?

I've been using Dropbox to keep files such as .bashrc and .inputrc in sync between multiple computers. The way I have been doing this was to have the files located in the dropbox folder and then ...
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Is there a way to copy Userprofiles with Robocopy and keeping the junctions symlinks?

In the Internet you read a lot of Tips how to copy your userprofile with robocopy safely from Recoveryconsole. The usually recomend robocopy source target /xj..... The problem with the /xj switch ...
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brew link error - installing freetype for Circos

I am wanting to use Circos and have been following a tutorial on how to do the initial setup. (http://kylase.github.io/CircosAPI/os-x-installation-guide/) I went to use: $brew install freetype and ...
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How to prevent an app from removing symbolic linked files (Windows 7)

I have a folder z:\data on a network drive.. I have a local folder c:\work where the following symbolic link exists (created using mklink) c:\work\letter.tex => z:\data\letter.tex When I open ...
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Locate all references to a certain hard disk

Every time I got a new machine or increased the memory capacity I used to add and add more and more hard disks to the latest machine. Now I have several disks of old data (e.g windows installation, ...
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Windows Symlink & Copy

I am trying so desperately hard to map a drive to sharepoint online with little success. (I have tried everything possible to get this working.) Closest I have got is being able to make a shortcut to ...
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grant create-symbolic-links on win7hp (which doesn't have gpedit.msc)?

I want to be able to symlink target directories for all the usual reasons, on win7hp, for which gpedit.msc is apparently not available at all now. Best hits I can find are Permission to make symbolic ...
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Creating Windows-compatible symbolic links from a Mac

I have a Windows Server 2012 where I would like to create symbolic links that work for both Mac (10.9) and Windows (7) users. I have a dummy text file called org.txt containing "Hello, World!". ...
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mklink /j vs mklink /d on multiple machines and with file shares

I'm starting to use cloud sharing solutions (e.g., Dropbox, SpiderOak) to backup and sync files between various machines I use. When doing this I've decided to place all my backups under a given ...