Symbolic link or symlink is a special type of file that contains a reference to another file or directory as an absolute or relative path. For most operations, symbolic links are transparent and the read or write operations on symbolic link files are redirected to actual files i.e the files that ...

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How to build C++ application that links to actual .so.$(version) file at runtime rather to a .so symbolic link [on hold]

I've installed a base-dev library (a dependency) for building my C++ application. I packed the application using dpkg-buildpackage -fakeroot -b. when installing myapp.deb. on target machine the base1 ...
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How can I make a link that NTFS supports?

When I make a link so that someone can access a file over the network directly, and then copy it across, I get the following error: There was an error copying the file into ...
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Symlink are using both locations?

I've researched and didn't find any answers, so I decided to ask here. The /dev/sda2 disk of my WHM/Cpanel webserver got 100% full. The /var folder is on the /dev/sda2 disk and I've found that the ...
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Update-alternatives creating symlink to directory instead of file

I ran update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /opt/jdk/jdk1.8.0_11/bin/java 100 It is creating symlink named java to /opt/jdk/jdk1.8.0_11/bin/ instead of /opt/jdk/jdk1.8.0_11/bin/java inside ...
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Why can I compile against libclang-3.5.so and not against libclang.so?

I am trying to compile a C source file, that needs to be linked against a dynamic library I installed through apt-get (libclang.so). apt-get installed the clang shared libraries in ...
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How can I check for symlinks and hardlinks before a mv?

I need to attempt a large folder replacement on a legacy system. I would like to mv the orginal folder to a new location, replace it with another, but revert back on the original if the replacement ...
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Local folder for specific MySQL databases with symlinks

Moving specific MySQL databases under home folder using symlink used to work in the past for me (maybe before upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04) but now, following the same procedure, it just does not ...
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Finding full path of a symlink'ed file (more quickly)?

Under Properties dialog window: Link target: the path of the original file is always shortened, due to a programed restriction of characters space, even after resizing the window, and therefore of ...
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Circular symbolic link in /var/www/

I am running apache2. I am trying to make a symbolic link from my project location to apache's /var/www/, where it pulls the files to host. Inside my project directory myProject, I ran: sudo ln ...
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Create a working link on desktop

I am totally new to Ubuntu/Linux and I want to create a link on a desktop (is this called an application launcher?). I created a .desktop file placed on the Desktop with this content but it doesn't ...
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How to create symbolic link to apache document root?

My apache document root locate in /var/www and i created a directory called testwp on /var/www. I changed some privileges sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /var/www/testwp sudo chmod 755 /var/www/testwp ...
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Copy symbolic link using install command?

Is there a way I can copy a symbolic link (as a symbolic link instead of the target file) using the install command? I have a slink in /home/user1/files/link.txt. I need to copy link.txt (which is a ...
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I broke software updater by making python3 default

I tried to make Python 3 the default Python version by running: sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/python python /usr/bin/python3 10 This broke Python 2 programs, so I tried reversing the ...
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How to identify broken symlinks?

I have more than 1000 icons in a single directory and also there are hundreds of shortcuts (symbolic links?) inside that directory with different names, some of symbolic links are broken, i need to ...
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Folder symlinc to NAS

How to I symlink a desktop folder to our local NAS. I don't auto mount the NAS, whenever I need to reach it I type in my credentials. Does the NAS need to be mounted before the a symlink is been ...
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Wine: Install Windows Program for Multiple Users

I'm trying to install programs through wine so that it's available to all users. Reasons are obvious: save space and I don't like the idea of doing separate multiple installations of a program for ...
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How do I make symlink to Desktop work correctly at startup on Ubuntu 14.04?

I have symlinks to Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music, and Videos which link to a second hard drive. I am mounting the other hard drive through /etc/fstab. All the links work on start ...
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Link/merge pictures folder across all users? [duplicate]

What I want to do is, link/merge folders /home/user1/Pictures /home/user2/Pictures so that all the family photos can be stored in a single location and be easily accessible from every user ...
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how to find symbolic link for a specific file

i want to know how to find if a certain file has a symbolic link to another file? the LN command # ln -s /etc/kannel.conf /etc/kannel/kannel.conf how to confirm this symbolic link?
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Symbolic links: why are they so bad?

Why is using symbolic links to change the default python version on Ubuntu considered as being unsafe ? I read this information on several forums but did not find an answer as to why is this so.
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Creating/removing a symbolic link when a USB device is connected/disconnected [duplicate]

I'm working with an Arduino board and Matlab under Linux. Matlab, unfortunately, doesn't recognize the Arduino board when is connected unless I create a symbolic link to the Arduino board in /dev by: ...
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Symbolic links vs Windows shortcuts?

What are the differences between symbolic links in Ubuntu and Windows shortcuts? Are they analogous concepts? Or is there something in Ubuntu that resembles more Windows shortcuts?
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How to fix symbolic links after switching from Bash to ZSH

I had bash as my default shell even though I was only using zsh. I always started it myself by opening the terminal and typing zsh. Today I decided to use it as my default shell. So I found this ...
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Following Symbolic Links with AFP Share

We have a networked Ubuntu machine currently sharing a folder via AFP to our staff MacBooks. I've added a second drive, automounted it via fstab and made it read and write by default. I've created ...
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Symlink error “This location could not be displayed”

Just upgraded to 14.04 (and it wasn't super easy, had a number of issues to fix...) I have a few external hard drives with video files. In my ~/Videos/ directory I had symlinks to those drives ...
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how can I symlink my home folder from another drive?

More specifically, I want to have the user folder for my home account another disk that has more space, but keep my other smaller accounts on my ssd. I was able to copy my user folder to another disk, ...
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dd will NOT recognise my sdcard ie “no such file or directory” it is seen by all other routes gparted,df,lsusb,blkid,,,so on

xubuntu 12.04-32 I am trying to build a bootable sdcard for my tablet and everything is ready but "dd" will NOT recognise any of my sdcard(s) 2Gb micro sd,8Gb or 32Gb
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Replace link for pictures in Nautilus “Places” with symbolic link to an external or other internal drive? Ubuntu 14.04

I have many pictures and when I open Shotwell it takes a very long time to load. I can see the Shotwell window and the progress bar though I do not see the thumbnails until after the indexing is ...
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Can't get a drive to show up on server with Apache2

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04, I have Apache2 and the entire LAMP stack installed. Everything is working correctly from that end. I have an internal, separate HDD I want the contents of available to the ...
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Symbolic Link Error with MySQL Cluster and Ubuntu 12.04

I want to install MySQL Cluster on Ubuntu and I followed this tutorial Install MySQL Cluster on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. My management node installed successfully, but I am having a problem in my database ...
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Desktop link to file on second hard drive broken after reboot

I'm using a second hard drive to hold most of my data files. Links to files and folders on the second drive from all locations on my first drive, where Ubuntu 14.04 is installed, work, except that ...
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Is Dropbox going to always resolve my symlinks?

I have one folder within my Dropbox directory, and a link to that folder, also in my Dropbox directory. I use the files within my Dropbox folder on a laptop and a desktop computer. I thought that ...
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How can I make home's documents, pictures, videos, downloads to point their matching windows folders in a mounted ntfs partition?

I'd like ~/Downloads, ~/Documents etc. to be mapped (or mounted..? or linked..?) to my matching windows folders (my ntfs partitions are auto-mounted at /mnt). In other words, what I want is that each ...
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How to make Guest OS follow symlinks from shared folder

I have Ubuntu Desktop as my main OS and Ubuntu Server as my Guest OS. I created a shared folder called /shared and put in it several symlinks to different folders across my main OS. Of course, my ...
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Can use of symlinks be circumvented?

I am trying to download Android source from Git repository. I would require a lot of free space on my home folder to download the whole source and build it. So I decided to download the whole source ...
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vi/vim/view /etc/alternatives loop

I wanted to understand the difference between the executables vi and vim. which has led me to /usr/bin/, and there I've found the following symlinks: /usr/bin/vi -> /etc/alternatives/vi ...
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ln: the symbolic link “/documents” could not be created: The requested function is not implemented

Why I can't create a symbolic link in a webdav folder? In a normal folder is it working. ln -s /home/argonist/Dokumente/ ./Dokumente
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moved /usr and /home and broke it

I was doing this (i did "the hard way") to move both /home and /usr to the same partition on another drive with more space than I have on my SSD. When I renamed /usr all my icons and links broke and I ...
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Move a file and all of its symlinks

For the icon themes I'm developing, I have different files with a different number of symlinks placed in different folders. Here is an example of one of them: FlatWoken/FlatWoken/scalable/apps$ find ...
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Directory /etc/X11/X is empty! Login directs to tty

I have Ubuntu 12.04 lts and my pc is down for a long time. Not like with hardware. I have asked a few questions about this. Here are their links. ctrl+alt+f7 and ctrl+alt+f8 not changing back into the ...
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How to create symbolic link to a directory excluding certain files?

I want to create a symbolic link from my home directory to Dropbox, excluding Videos. This is what I know: ln -s /home/pt/ '/home/pt/Dropbox' What should I do? What will happen if I'd like to ...
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Is symbolic link to ~/something dependent on logged user?

if I run command: ln -s ~/user/relative/path /absolute/path and then log under different user, that does not have user/relative/path in it's home directory, will the link be somehow broken or ...
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Inconsistent parent directory of all symlinks

A large portion of my system depends on symbolic links, so this is a very serious problem. I do something like the following cd mkdir test mkdir other cd test ln -s ../other/ # So ~/test contains a ...
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Shortcut to return realpath of the symlink?

Is there any shortcut to return actual path of the symlink? like : I have created a symlink in home $ cd $ ln -s /home/usr/workspace/helloworld/datadir datadir $ ls -l lrwxrwxrwx 1 usr usr 10 ...
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How to find and list all the symbolic links created for a particular file?

I had created many symbolic links on various paths for a particular file or a directory. I want the whole list of created symbolic links paths (location). Example: I created symbolic links for ...
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Messed up with libudev files and now I can't boot

So I wanted to test cgminer on ubuntu and I was getting an error message about missing libudev file so in a rush I tried to read a few answers on here but instead of fixing it, I just messed up things ...
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symlinks broken burning ISO to CD

For a while now I'm having the strangest problem, which has turned a stack of about 10 CD-Rs into coasters. I'm trying to burn a bootable ISO, a support software for the ServeRAID controller in my IBM ...
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Cloud (Dropbox), Symlinks, to windows partition

I have just signed in so i'm a newbie here... i've tries googling for a couple of hours but i am now stuck with lots of questions in my head being new to linux... I just love symbolic links (best ...
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link “make” command to lib and include

I want to use "make" command and link it to the include and lib path. I am using : make -I /path_to_include - L /path_to_lib but it gives me: "nothing to be done for /path_to_lib (the path is ...
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How to make the path of a symbolically linked directory the exactly the path of the original directory?

I have created a symbolic link on my desktop that links to my /var/www/wordpress dir via $ ln -s /var/www/wordpress/ ~/Desktop/wordpress-link When I open bash and cd into ~/Desktop/wordpress-link I ...