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 is possible to create symlink inside another symlink?

I have the below folder structure: My Windows Machine |-- E: | -- myphotos <== link to ==> \\192.168.0.10\\myphotos | ...
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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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Cannot access symlinked file on Apache server (403 Forbidden)

I'm running a minecraft server on my laptop, and I have created a symbolic link of /home/myuser/Documents/MinecraftSV/logs/latest.log to /var/www/html, but when I try to access it I receive a 403 ...
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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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Google Drive and Local Directories in Mac OS X

I want to create a symbolic link between local directories and my Google drive. In other words, I don't want to synchronize it by hand. If there is a change in the directory, it should synchronize it ...
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Share symlinked files with rdesktop

I have two computers, one running RHEL6 and one running Windows 7 Enterprise. The linux box is my main workstation, however due to software that requires a windows machine with a unique IP for ...
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rsync a folder ignoring sud-dirs which has with circular symlink

I am trying to rsync a folder as below: rsync -ahLz ./src /tmp/ Dir "./src" has circulr symlink as: $ ls -l src/cpp/blddir lrwxrwxrwx 1 lnxbuild users 16 May 27 02:16 src/cpp/blddir -> ...
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Running a recent version of a installed program

I used brew to install newer version of swig a shortcut to newer version is available in /usr/local/bin, although when I run swig in terminal the older version runs. I imagine I need to add something ...
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Operating System Agnostic Symlink/Alias/Shortcut

I have a folder that I sync with online services such as Dropbox, that I sync to other computers with different operating systems. Part of my file/folder organization in this folder uses ...
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Copy symlink inside directory structure

A part of our (huge) application can, as a fallback for test automation, be installed manually by developers on test computers. This means copying the contents of a folder to the target machine and ...
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Symlink.exe always asking for permission when creating a new directory

I use link shell extension for windows extensively, as it's a really neat tool. However every time I want to create a new folder on any partition of mine, symlink.exe asks for admin permissions. It ...
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Linking files to be found by PHP server

What is the correct way to link local directory ~/dir to /path/dir, so that the PHP server looking for /path/dir/file.php will find ~/dir/file.php? In my concrete situation I am running XAMPP PHP ...
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Linux, file contents from Redis query

I want to make a linux file whose contents are the result of a Redis query. Why? I want to multi-tenant a LAMP app. The LAMP app's configuration is in a file. Rather than fiddling around with ...
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Linking OSX system folders across drives

I'm using Mavericks Server at work on a Mac Pro (Mid 2010). I got the go ahead to upgrade it to an SSD and install a 4TB storage drive, as well as 32GB of RAM from 6GB. I wanted to put the OS on the ...
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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 ...