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Questions tagged [symbolic-link]

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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“directory junction” vs “directory symbolic link”?

In the context of NTFS: MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target /D Creates a directory symbolic link. Default is a file symbolic link. /H Creates a hard link instead of a ...
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How do I create a link in Windows 7 home premium as a regular user? [duplicate]

I am a Linux guy and as such I am very lost when I try and do anything is Windows. I am trying to create the following link: mklink /d C:\backup\data \\myth\backup\data But I do not have sufficient ...
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What are the various link types in Windows? How do I create them?

Is it possible to link two files or folders without having a different extension under Windows? I'm looking for functionality equivalent to the soft and hard links in Unix.
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How can I delete a symbolic link?

I created a symlink using mklink. Now I need to change it but I can't figure out how to delete it so I can recreate it correctly.
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Permission to make symbolic links in Windows 7?

How can I grant a particular user the permission to create symlinks in Windows 7? I've searched through "Group Policy" and Google, but haven't found anything. On a side note, is there a way to ...
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Create a symbolic link in the Mac OS X Finder

Is there a way to get the same functionality as the unix command ln -s in the Mac OS X Finder (OS 10.5)? I want to be able to create symbolic links while working in Finder windows without opening the ...
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Does Windows have the ln -s or equivalent?

I need to link a file to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts How can I do that with Windows ? Is there a soft link such as ln -s or equivalent in Windows ?
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Straightforward, easy way to create symbolic links on Windows?

I need something supported at least on Windows XP and not requiring any new user downloads hopefully.
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How to create a Symbolic Link on Windows 10?

Was reading http://www.dropboxwiki.com/tips-and-tricks/sync-game-saves-across-multiple-computers and I know junction/mklink worked in Windows 7 as well, but seems like the junction command has been ...
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What is the difference between Symbolic Link and Shortcut?

What is the difference between a Symbolic Link and a Shortcut?
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View a list of symbolic links on system?

Is there a way to see a list of all the symbolic links that are active on a Windows machine?
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Tab-completion with directories/links

I have this problem with tab-completion in terminal in both archlinux and ubuntu: I have a link which links to a directory named "something" in my home directory. Now when I open a terminal and want ...
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How to view all the Symbolic links,Junction points,Hard links in a Folder using dir?

The command dir /a displays a list of all the files,folders in a given location. But it displays the type for Junction Points as well as Symbolic Links to Folders. Is there any command which will ...
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Windows 7 / Symlinks - How do I copy a Symlink to a directory?

Is it possible to copy a Symlink to a directory in Windows 7. When I try to copy a symlink'd directory, it tries to deep copy the contents to the location.
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Automatically symlink directory files into another directory

Anytime I add something to ~/config/, I would like it to be symlinked into ~. I don't want to run ln -s every time.
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Linux symbolic links: how to go to the pointed to directory?

I have a project in its own directory: /dir/to/project/ I have a symbolic link to that directory on the desktop: /home/user/Desktop/project/ When I double click on that link, the directory ...
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Why can't I make a symbolic link (mklink) even when I'm an administrator [duplicate]

When I run mklink /D "C:\Users\bwilliams\AppData\Roaming\Sublime Text 2" "C:\Users\bwilliams\Dropbox\Sublime Text", I get this error `You do not have sufficient privilege to perform this operation. ...
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symlinks for admin users on Windows

On Windows you can create symlinks either if you start the programm, you want to create a symlink in (e.g. cmd), as Administrator. or if you give your user/usergroup the permission to create symlinks ...
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Having trouble creating symlink between the terminal in Mac OS X and Sublime Text 2 so it can be launched from the command line

I’m using Mac OS X Yosemite and I want to be able to open Sublime Text 2 from the terminal with a command like this: sublime . I’ve typed this into terminal as shown on the Sublime Text 2 website: ...
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How to copy symbolic links?

I have directory that contains some symbolic links: user@host:include$ find .. -type l -ls 4737414 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 13 Dec 9 13:47 ../k0607-lsi6/camac -> ../../include 4737415 ...
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How to copy symlinks to target as normal folders

i have a folder with symlinks: marek@marek$ ls -al /usr/share/solr/ razem 36 drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 2010-11-30 08:25 . drwxr-xr-x 358 root root 12288 2010-11-26 12:25 .. drwxr-xr-x 3 root ...
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Scenario - NTFS Symbolic Link or Junction?

Differences ┌───────────────┬──────────┬──────────┬──────┬───────────┬─────┐ │ │ Absolute │ Relative │ File │ Directory │ UNC │ ├───────────────┼──────────┼──────────┼──────┼───────────┼...
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How can I find all symlinks in Windows Vista or 7?

I'm looking for a way to search for all the symbolic links on a NTFS filesystem on Windows Vista or 7. It would be even better if I could specify a specific target to see if it has any symlinks ...
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Finding all symbolic and hard links to a file on UNIX

If I have a specific file in a UNIX filesystem, is there a way to use bash to find all links to that file, both symbolic and hard? If I need different commands for each, what are they?
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How can I create symbolic links in Windows 8.1 without an admin command prompt?

I am hoping that someone can correct me where I'm going wrong when trying to create a symbolic link in Windows 8.1 without having to run cmd.exe as administrator. Whenever I try to create a symlink ...
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Access is denied on mklink

I am trying to get a symlink working over a network drive. I have already tried suggestions on questions already asked, such as running as administrator and checking if the directory already exists. ...
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Windows symlink to executable - does not open by double click

On Windows 7 I created a symbolic link to an executable using: mklink Test.exe C:\Path\to\source.exe But when I try to run it by double clicking on it, i get the "open with" dialog. Running it from ...
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Windows Symlink & working directory

I have a directory called apps/myapp/ with a file myapp.exe which uses myapp.dll and some other dlls. Now lets say i want to symlink this to a directory, like one would do in linux. bin/myapp.exe =>...
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Detect all links that exists pointing to /tmp?

I want to find out which file links exist that point to my /tmp folder on Ubuntu. Background: I had a problem, that my /tmp folder privileges were changed by some accident to 755. The system wasn't ...
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How to stop Windows 7 Built-in-Backup creating a System Image of too many drives?

I do not want to include (D:) drive in the image. I believe I know the cause of this, it's because I have some Directory Junctions and/or Symbolic Links. Any suggestions other than removing the ...
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Linking directories in c:\Windows on Windows 7 64bit

I bought a SSD to make it C:. As SSD size is pretty small, I'm trying to reduce the number of files in C:. After running WinDirStat, I found that 4.6G of space is used for c:\Windows\Installer. Is ...
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Create a Symbolic link to the merged contents of 3 folders [duplicate]

I have 3 folders with large amount of data in each which has to be maintained seperately. Can I create a sym link or shortcut.in windows which should show me the merged contents of the 3 folders. I am ...
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Checking where a symbolic link points at in Windows 7

In Windows 7, how can I check if a file is a symbolic link or not, if a folder is a junction or not, and how can I check where they are pointing at (in case they are symlink/junction). Both in ...
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How to improve this bash shell script for turning hardlinks into symlinks?

This shell script is mostly the work of other people. It has gone through several iterations, and I have tweaked it slightly while also trying to fully understand how it works. I think I understand it ...
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How do I create a relative symbolic link in Linux?

I need a symlink that resolves relative to the directory it is placed in. What command is used to create such a thing?
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Creating a symbolic link to mapped network drive in Windows

I am having an issue creating a symbolic link on Windows 7 Ultimate. I want to map a folder from a mapped network drive into My Documents. mklink /D "C:\Users\Vegard\Documents\Virtual Machines" "Z:\...
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Does Windows7 support symbolic links (folder 'shortcuts')?

I see W7 seems to have more support for virtual folders, that don't correspond to actual directories on the disk. Does it also support proper symbolic links so I can e.g create a symbolic link c:\temp\...
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How to find all soft links (symbolic links) in current directory?

Question relates to shell-scripting in bash. How to check with a script which files within the current directory are soft links? In case I have used the wrong term, when I say soft links, I am ...
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How to remove a symbolic link to a directory?

I made a symbolic link with the following commmand: ln -s ../test5 I want to remove it now but my rm fails: $ rm -Rf test5/ rm: cannot remove `test5/': Not a directory $ rm test5/ rm: cannot remove ...
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Ubuntu + latest samba version, symlinks no longer work on share mounted in windows

I just apt-getted (apt-got?) the latest software for my Ubuntu 9.10 linux box, and I noticed that samba was the included in the update. After the install, the symlinks in my home directory no longer ...
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Is it possible to have shortcuts appear in the start menu search through a symbolic link?

I have a folder full of stuff that I sync across all my computers and virtual machines. It contains a whole load of stuff, including portable applications. On a new OS installation, I run a batch ...
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Executing symbolic link to exe - “The specified path does not exist”

When trying to execute a symbolic link which points to an exe file (on Windows 7), the "Open with" windows appears. When renaming it to a ".exe" file, it says "The specified path does not exist. Check ...
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Symbolic links and 7zip

I'm trying to compress a folder into a .7z archive. This folder contains symbolic links to some other stuff outside the folder (both directories and files). Apparently 7zip just archives the link ...
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Give access to a subdirectory without giving access to parent directories

I have a scenario involving a Windows file server where the "owner" wants to dole out permissions to a group of users of the following sort: \\server\dir1\dir2\dir3: read, write and execute \\server\...
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How do you make a symbolic link with a relative path using mklink?

This web page implies that it is possible to make symbolic links with relative paths using mklink. I have tried all sorts of ways to make relative symbolic links, but I always end up with an absolute ...
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Using symbolic link in Windows XP

Junction is a good symbolic link tool in XP. However, it's not so easy to use at first moment, ie. only can use command line interface; move/rename target file/folder; got to use 'junction -d ' to ...
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VIM destroys symbolic links under Windows

It seems that when working with a file in VIM it primarily uses a backup version of the file then overwrites the original on save. This is a problem when using symbolic links under Windows (e.g. ...
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How do I figure out if a link is a symbolic link, a hard link, or a directory junction in Windows?

If I've created a directory link via mklink, how can I figure out if it was a symbolic link, a directory junction, or a hard link (ie whether I used /d, /j, or /h)?
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what is the difference between a symlink , junction , hard link and so on? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between NTFS hard links and directory junctions? well just got a litlle confused about all of them. so any explanation?
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Ubuntu - Create a link to a specified directory so I can easily change to that directory

Is it possible to create a symlink to a directory, like /var/lib/tomcat6/webapps/MyWar that I can access from everywhere? I want to be able to say cd myapp from anywhere in the directory tree and go ...