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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Replace “Package Cache” with a symbolic link

Is it safe to replace the "Package Cache" directory with a symbolic link (junction) on an attached HDD?
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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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Share Firefox History and Bookmarks without using Firefox Sync

I'm using Tor Browser 3.5.3 having Firefox 24.0.0 ESR and another Firefox 29.0.b1 . I want to have my Web Browsing history, Bookmarks to appear in both the TOR and standard Firefox. Inbuilt Firefox ...
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Symlinks, junctions and copys to preserve data in Dropbox

I am trying to outsmart Dropbox here but I'm losing the battle so far. I am running a windows shell extension that allows symlinks, junctions, smart copys, smart mirrors, delorean clone, hardlink ...
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How to get OSX/Linux to recognize Windows Symlinks

When connecting to a Windows share through OSX or Linux, symlinks are not properly recognized. They either appear as aliases with no target, or as folders with no permissions to access. At this point ...
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Windows 8.1 Quick Link Menu not working

The problem is the links not working. The menu does come up, but clicking on any button does nothing. I upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 through Windows UpdateI was originally using the default ...
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Perforce, UAC, and symlinks on Windows 7/8

I've met with the following interesting behavior; I'd appreciate if someone could explain the mechanics behind: When I get the source via Perforce, and it contains a symlink (for example as part of ...
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Remove Windows link associations from recursively linked files (created by mistake)

So, because of Windows' bone-headed reverse syntax and the generally piss-poor command line utilities, I accidentally created several hundred recursive links on files in many directories and nested ...
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How can I create hardlinks to an OSX bundle? Or the symlinks inside the bundle?

I have a hierarchy of files that I need to hardlink to a temporary install location. Some of those files are frameworks. Frameworks are bundles but essentially just folders, which aren't supported by ...
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Hard drive corrupts when in use and appears as RAW after reboot

At the moment all of my steamapps folder is on a separate drive connected via a symbolic link. Last week while in game the program crashed and would not quit, even after terminating from the Task ...
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Symlink or move AppData back to SSD?

Recently I reinstalled my desktop box with Windows 7 Professional N. Since I have a 256 GB SSD as the OS drive and two 1 TB HDD's I decided to change ProfilesDirectory from C: to E: and keep all my ...
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Error "cp: will not create hard link to directory in GitBash

I got this weird error when I was trying to copy a folder in Git Bash. The error was cp: will not create hard link /c/repos_copy/Ayrault/modules/path to directory ...
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Can you use a symbolic link to fool a backup program into uploading program files?

I've got a backup application which has no size limits, but it won't back up windows or program files, and if possible I'd like a way of mirroring these into slightly different folder names so it'd ...
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Mac: Moved Applications folder, can't install peripheral software?

Here's the Situation I have a Mac Pro, and it runs Mac OSX 10.7.4. For faster performance and startup speed, and an easier way for me to backup my files, I did the following 3 modifications: 1) I ...
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Failed to symbolic-link /boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic to initrd.img:File exists

I'm running xubuntu off of a USB and I'm trying to run the command sudo apt-get upgrade but I keep getting this error Failed to symbolic-link /boot/initrd.img-3.8.0-19-generic to initrd.img:File ...
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Linux Dropbox on symlinked folder became recursive to parent directory

On Linux (Fedora 19), I created a symbolic link to my Dropbox folder on my NTFS partition (~/Dropbox). I then started the Dropbox for Linux daemon using the symlinked folder as the Dropbox ...
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Backup a linux partition without imaging

Typically to backup my Windows partitions (note: pre-Vista/2008 Windows, no symlinks), I usaully tar caf /backup/<name><date>.tar.xz /mnt/<fs>. Currently, I use dd | xz to backup ...
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Using mklink after network share data migration

Background: We have an application which stores its files on a network share (mapped as "Z:" drive for all users). This application contains hundreds of links to Z:/A/B/X, Z:/A/C/Y, Z:/A/D/W, (...) ...
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What do `Drop As…` options of `Link Shell Extention` mean?

After picking link source using Link Shell Extention as below snapshoot We have the below options to drop. What are their meaning? For folder For file
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Creating symbolic link to new location after moving C:\Windows\Installer to D: partition

I am trying to make some space on my C: partition, an SSD drive, by moving the C:\Windows\Installer partition to the D: drive (following this guide). The last step is: Launch a Command Prompt (as ...
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Modify a symlink

Is there a way to modify a symlink in place? ln -fs a b This doesn't count, since it is unlinking and creating a new symlink (neither is it atomic, but that's a different story). Research suggests ...
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Detect InfoZip symlinks inside a zip file

InfoZip's zip command can store and restore symlinks. Is there a method to detect that a file will be extracted as a symlink without actually extracting it? The manpage of zipinfo doesn't mention ...
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Trying to access a remote directory that has broken symlinks via sshfs

This is an odd scenario, but I would like to maintain the directory structure as it is used by a python/pyramid app. It is also on Ubuntu Server 12.04.2, the file server is 12.10 I have a set of ...