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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Display contents of one folder in another

Is it possible to show all the files from one folder in another on Ubuntu? A bit like libraries on Windows? More specifically I want files from a specific folder in my local Google drive folder to ...
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/var/lib/mailman/cgi-bin bad group (has: root, expected list) (fixing)

I'm just trying to install mailman so that the permissions are correct, but no matter what I do mailman installs with the wrong permissions: thufir@dur:~$ thufir@dur:~$ sudo apt-get install mailman ...
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how to remove symbolic link

i was doing sudo ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin /var/www/phpmyadmin but i accidentally typed something else. So now I want to correct it but it says symbolic link already exist. Please help, Thanks in ...
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Using a NAS as a collective dump, with symlinks for whoever uploaded each file

I have a local machine that was sitting around & doing very little, so I decided to turn it into a NAS (Network Attached Storage) machine, with a 40GB disk for Ubuntu (13.10), a 160GB disk that's ...
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How to mklink /home/ to a new empty partition [duplicate]

Due some weird issues with my current lubuntu I'm going to do fresh installation. But when I install lubuntu I need to do two things that I probably can't perform because I'm newbie. I'm going to ...
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Apache 403 Forbidden when following a symlink

I currently have a dual boot between Windows and Ubuntu 12.04, using a separate partition to be able to access the same files between the two. So, currently my files are under /media/Files My ...
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Symlink for /home/

By installing Windows 8.1 I removed whole linux partition (33GB) including swap part (sorry for my stupidity)... But I had my whole /home/ folder on other partition. I installed lubuntu again. How to ...
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Copy: How to recover files which have disappeared

Some files in Copy have disappeared. How can I recover them?
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How to create symlink inner shareDirectory?

1) sudo mount -t cifs //[nas_device_ip/dir] [shareDirectory] -o user=xx,pass=xx,rw,uid=xx,gid=xx 2) modify /etc/samba/smb.conf and then smbd restart [global] follow symlinks = yes wide links = yes ...
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Too many symbolic links error

I am attempting to use LFS to make my own distro (for fun, nothing important) but keep running into issues. As it suggests, I am running a non-admin user account. However, every time I attempt to ...
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Deleting a directory + unlinking the files

I have a folder with many files those have a few sym links pointing to them like /some_path -> /dir/file1 /some_path2 -> /dir/file2 /some_path3 -> /dir/file3 But I don't remember neither ...
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Linking a Windows terminal application

I have downloaded windows terminal application namely pdf2djvu (equivalent of this I can't find under linux) as the name implies it converts PDF to DJVU documents (compact in size)... I have placed ...
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Is a shortcut and symbolic link the same? If not, how do I create a shortcut?

I found this link on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link According to them Symlinks are not really shortcuts. I had the need to create a shortcut to a program on the Desktop and I ...
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Link to a script using 'dirname'

I have a script placed in /opt/MyDir/myscript.sh which calls java, setting its directory as the classpath: scriptdir=`dirname $0` java -mx3g -cp "$scriptdir/*" MyApp.jar I have created a link to ...
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How to find the original file of a soft link?

For example, I have a file a, and I do the followings. ln -s a b ln -s b c ln -s c d If I use readlink d, I will get c. So I have to run many times to get a. Is there an easy way to get a? ...
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what does it mean if `which X` finds something but executing `X` fails?

Specifically python: $ which python /usr/bin/python $ ll `which python` lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 Jun 18 10:26 /usr/bin/python -> python2.7 $ python The program 'python3' is currently not ...
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Nautilus symlink target column

Is there any way to add a column to Nautilus' list view which shows the target of any symlinks in a directory?
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Delete directory by referencing symbolic link

To set up the question, imagine this scenario: mkdir ~/temp cd ~/ ln -s temp temporary rm -rf temporary, rm -f temporary, and rm temporary each will remove the symbolic link but leave the directory ...
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Failed to create symbolic link to keytool

Keytool is /usr/bin/keytool and points to /etc/alternatives/keytool which in turn points to /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk-i386/jre/bin/keytool. Now I have installed java version 1.7.0_45 so I need to ...
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Determining if a soft link already exists [closed]

How can you determine if a soft link already exists? I do not know how to determine this. I am a novice to Unix/Linux
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Symbolic link error to Java / LIBJVM

All, When trying to install postgresql, I get the following error: /sbin/ldconfig.real: usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64/jre/lib/amd64/jamvm/libjvm.so is not a symbolic link I think this is ...
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node symlink wrong after upgrade

I recently upgraded my node install and while nodejs shows version v0.10.20 the symlink (node in /usr/bin/node) is still reporting version as v0.10.18 I tried removing and re-adding the symlink but ...
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second hard drive to be mouunted as /home/Videos

i am wanting to know if i can make my second hard drive be the videos folder that is in my home dir. if so please tell me how. mainly when i click on the videos folder i want it to show me the stuff ...
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linking to an executable with options

I want to have a link to an executable as follows, the equivalent terminal command is: Mathematica -mesa The command ln -s Mathematica -mesa Mathematica does not work, how can I include -mesa in ...
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Can I set the gold linker as the default one in saucy?

Previously, the /usr/bin/ld symlink was pointing to ld.gold when the binutils-gold package was installed. Gold now comes with the binutils package itself, and it installs the /usr/bin/ld symlink ...
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Changing symlink “python” to “python3” causes problems [duplicate]

I have Python 2.7.3 and 3.2.3 installed on my Ubuntu 12.04 64bit (by default?). When I type "python", I want python 3.2 instead of 2.7. Changing symlink "python" to link to python3 seems to cause big ...
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Trying to use symbolic link gives me “command not found” error

I created a symbolic link via ln -s pathname/folder/file.py whatever and I now have a bright blue link in my home directory with the symbolic link command name but when I try whatever hello_world, ...
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Symlinks in /var/www/html don't work on a 64 bit machine

Strange problem. I have a 32 bit machine "A" running apache where when I create a symlink to a directory and access that link on the browser, I am able to see the contents of that directory. But on ...
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Rsync creating \#015 directory

I have a virtual ubuntu server running on my windows server. This server has 2 external hdd's attached, which are mounted in ubuntu. Now I try to run rsync to sync a directory on my desktop and my ...
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Restore 'cd ..' functionality after following a symbolic link

If I create a symbolic link in the terminal with a command like ln -s /path/to/some/directory symbolicLink and then follow the link with cd symbolicLink the terminal appears to think that the cwd ...
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/bin/sh is a symbolic link that doesn't point to /bin/bash [closed]

I was installing the software environment of Armadeus experiment board APF27DEV, and when I tried the make command, it gave me the following error message: On your system /bin/sh is a symbolic link ...
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Question about the symlink of the ln command

Can anybody give me an example why should we use the symlink kind of the "ln" command between files? I know that when you create symlink file, that file size is very small and it redirect to the main ...
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How can I make a symbolic link to run a program with command line argument?

How can I make a symbolic link to run a program with command line argument? For example, I want to run sample with -i eth0 argument every time when I click on a symbol link.
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Unfortunately Deleted /usr/bin/python

Unfortunately I deleted the /usr/bin/python in my ubuntu 12.04 I went to /usr/bin/ and run ls -al then I got lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 64 Jul 13 14:58 python -> ...
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How to use multiple instances of gcc?

I have both gcc 4.7.3 and 4.8.1 installed But on running gcc --version I get gcc (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.7.3-1ubuntu1) 4.7.3 Copyright (C) 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see ...
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Symbolic link for lampp isn't working 100%

Note: I'm a beginner in ubuntu I've been trying for some time to set XAMPP up on my Ubuntu machine so I can develop my PHP projects. I found out that I can't directly modify the htdocs folder because ...
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msp430/bin/ld: cannot find -lc

I installed successfully msp430-gcc 4.7.0 compiler. The compiler at the final stage of the linking process it shows me the following error for Ubuntu 12.04. msp430-gcc -mmcu=msp430f1611 ...
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ubuntu 13.04 cant read windows 8 partition anymore

I freshly installed ubuntu 13.04 on my Windows 8 PC. Dual booting it, I created a symbolic link while on ubuntu to my windows based Dropbox directory. The link worked fine while the computer was still ...
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How to install gcc/g++ 4.4 and make links

Because I cannot compile some code by gcc/g++ 4.7, I want to install gcc/g++ 4.4. I searched the Internet and found some different way. I don't know what is the best solution. Is it possible to ...
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Wine shows its applications three times in the 'Open with' dialog

Today I noticed that wine is listing its applications many times when I go to the 'Open with other application...' dialog. It is very strange. Where are these symbolic links stored which are shown in ...
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Files (Nautilus?) shows the real location of Symbolic Links [duplicate]

I some of the "folders" in my home directory are symbolic links to a larger hard drive mounted on /mnt/data. I would like it if when I click on (for example) Music in my home directory, Nautilus ...
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In: No such command - trying to create a symlink and 'in' does not work

I'm using a Ubuntu 12.10 server (an Amazon AWS EC2 Instance) and I need to create a symlink which needs the In command but this appears not to be installed. The message i get is In: No such command ...
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Mirror Files and Documents from Windows machine to Ubuntu in Virtualbox

Ok, so I have a machine with a dual boot installed (Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10). They are on separate hard drives. I already have Virtualbox set up to boot from the linux physical hard drive (Windows ...
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How can I stop Nautilus from dereferencing symlinks? [closed]

I use symbolic links to tidy my home folder. This works well in the terminal, since the links create the illusion of normal folders: In Nautilus, however, the links behave more like Windows ...
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Are symlinks internally bidirectional or are they only pointing somewhere?

How are symlinks implemented? Are references stored on both sides or only in the location where the symlink is pointing from? Story: I have a weird "bug" in the folder view of Sublime. A folder that ...
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Can I set up a symbolic link-esque alias from (e.g.) “mybinary dothing” to “dothing”?

I have a script that takes some gene data and runs it through dozens of programs to try to tease out as much information as possible and make me some pretty reports. However, while it seems to work ...
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Is there a difference between a symbolic link via terminal or right-click make link?

I'm wondering if there is a difference between going to a terminal and typing ln -s path 'path or just right clicking on something and selecting make link.
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Can I symlink a Dropbox folder?

I've just installed Ubuntu 12.10 as a dual boot with Windows 8. I'd already had windows up and running for a few months before installing Ubuntu, so in order to have my files accessible from both ...
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What's the best way to add native-looking links to my NTFS data partition?

I have many documents, backups, movies, photos which I have in a Windows data partition (D: drive) that is on the same box as my Ubuntu installation. I want to be able to use this from Ubuntu, with ...
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Run diff on symlinks

I have two folders containing a number of broken symlinks. Is there a way to make diff compare the target of the links instead of trying to follow the links?