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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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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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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Symlinking executable surrounded with dylib not working

The executable $ /Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/MacOS/WolframKernel works fine: Mathematica 10.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) Copyright 1988-2014 Wolfram Research, Inc. In[1]:= However ...
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Rsync with extended attributes

I'm using command rsync -aAX --delete /src/ /dest/ on linux to backup data from samba share to external disk. When rsync backup symlinks for the first time everything goes smoothly, but when I run the ...
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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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Use a dynamic mount path with a symlink

I need to have a chrooted user access a folder outside of its chroot. So I use a bind mount for this and it works fine. The mount points to a symlink folder and this symlink changes automatically ...
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Buiding and Installing Python Module

I am having the following issue and am not sure how to fix. I do not know what linking is but I hear it's related to the problem. I'm trying to set up a python module: First I call in the directory ...
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Redirect SVN repository working path via symlink to shared network folder provided by vmplayer

My setup is the following: Host environment with backup software. Very lightweight so i can restore it with ease. Virtualized development environment - Host needs format? not a problem, Reinstall ...
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Using utorrent server with symbolic links

Recently I installed the utorrent-server (version 3.3) on Ubuntu (ver. 13.04) so I could have a familiar UI to work with when I'm not using my Windows laptop. It seems to work fine for the most part, ...
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I have created a symbolic link I can't delete (command line OS X, windows share)

By accidental use of the ln command I have created a symbolic link file which I can't delete. It's on a Samba share I have access to. I have tried deleting it in various ways, command line, mouse ...
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Symbolic Links and Folder View

I have symbolic links set up for some folders on a Win 7 machine. When I use windows explorer and navigate to the real folder it has the correct view (large icons) for pictures, but when I navigate ...
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Make a specific program see the file-system differently on Windows

I'm using Winamp since god knows when. I have all my songs in the media library with all my mp3 files with all kind of cool statistics like how many times I've listened to each song, ratings etc. The ...
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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 ...