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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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What are the advantages of symlinks over hard links and viceversa?

I understand the differences between symbolic and hard links, but I've never understood why choose one or the other.
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How to change a symlink in OS X?

How do I change where a symlink points to, without deleting and creating a new one (with ln -s "/path/to/point/to" "/path/where/symlink/is")? When I tried doing that to Java's "Current" symlink, Java ...
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Need to hide a symbolic link without hiding the directory it links to

I created a symbolic link (specifically a symbolic link & not a Finder alias which bash can't follow) to a directory in my home folder using ln -s link $HOME/directory & now I wish to hide the ...
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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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Figure out what non-symlink path would be?

On Linux, if I've cd'd around and am now in a directory, is there a way to figure out what the real path to that directory is if I had not used a symbolic link to get there? Consider: $ pwd /home/...
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Why can't normal users on Windows create symbolic links?

Beginning with Windows Vista NTFS gained the ability to represent symbolic links to files (as opposed to directory junctions). Also the mklink utility appeared. However, non-administrative users can't ...
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Links in Excel changed after a crash

A few of my users use Excel spreadsheets that have cells linked to other spread sheats. It is set up so the catering.xslx pints to the inventory,comm2002.xls. I was told that excel will crash and all ...
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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 ...