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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Can't use symlinks in local /var/www directory

I'm setting up my local LAMP server, and when I go to it, I can't follow symlinks with the Apache user (www-data). At this point, I've tried chowning and chmoding and I've added Options ...
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How to move files leaving symlinks behind?

How can I move/copy files from one directory to another, leaving the symlinks in the original directory. I know the ln -screates symlinks in the destination, but I want to leave the symlinks in the ...
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sshfs transform_symlinks is broken

I've been using the same fstab command for a while now: sshfs#user@host.be:/home/user /home/user/vps fuse user,port=22,uid=1000,gid=1000,allow_other,reconnect,transform_symlinks 0 0 And it used to ...
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Follow a .lnk with samba

I'm trying to access some file on my company's local network. The file I was looking for appears to be a Windows shortcut (.lnk) and, of course, I can't follow it from my Ubuntu. I didn't find any ...
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How to check whether ln -s created a symbolic link or a hard link?

I'm trying to create a symbolic link with ln -s old.file new.file but ln seems to stubbornly create hardlinks instead. For instance, when I move the link to another folder, it becomes broken. What's ...
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How to create a soft or symbolic link?

I am installing p4v in /opt, but /usr/bin is on my path. Is it possible to create a soft or symbolic link for p4v from /opt to /usr/bin, so I can just type "p4v" since /usr/bin is in my path?
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Can symlinks be used in /etc/cron.d/?

I'm trying to implement a configuration mechanism that allows in a certain project to deploy through svn a cron configuration. I immediately thougt that what I should do is cerate symlinks from ...
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What in /home would benefit from being on an SSD?

In Is a 40GB SSD practical to use for ' / ' Jorge describes how he symlinks directories in his /home that would benefit from being on an SSD. The directories he names are ~/.cache ~/.config ...
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How do I symlink certain directories in /home to an SSD?

In Is a 40GB SSD practical to use for ' / ' Jorge describes how he symlinks things in his /home that would benefit from being on an SSD. How is this done? I've figured that I need to do the ...
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Symbolic link doesn't use target working directory

I've created the following symbolic link: Source: /usr/local/android-ndk-r5/ndk-build Destination: /usr/local/bin/ndk-build However, when I attempt to use ndk-build from my source directory, it ...
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Symbolic links vs Hard links [duplicate]

I just read the manpage for symlinks, but I still dont get it ... so hardlinks are pointers to the file/dir. Then symlink is a pointer to a pointer? Whats the use of a symlink then? Why/when should I ...
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symlink for dbus headers

Source code for something that won't compile has the line #include but in real life that header file is in /usr/include/dbus-1.0/ Similarsituation exists for the dbus-c++ package. Why doesn't ...
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What is different symbolic link with hard link after unlik?

1. #include <stdio.h> #include <unistd.h> void main(){ link("foo", "bar"); unlink("foo"); if(open("bar", 1) < 0) printf("open error\n"); else ...
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Permissions issue with symlinks over samba

I'm having trouble accessing some files over a samba share. Here's my setup: I have shared /shared as Shared I have a user with the same name and pwd as my Linux user in my Windows machine I made ...
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Give ftp users access to directories outside their root using symlinks

I tried to give proftpd virtual users access to directories outside their home paths using symlinks I created as root through the console. /var/ftp/users/test is the home of the user named test. ...
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Need ProFTPd to follow symbolic link

I have 2 folder: /var/www/project1/ /var/www/repository/module/ and I have this symbolic link: /var/www/project1/module/News => /var/www/repository/module/News I know the target is outside the ...
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Where to put One-Off Computer-Wide Software Folders?

I am pretty new to Linux so pardon the ignorance. I am installing an application (a wiki server) on my system but am not doing so through aptitude as I can only grab a tar.gz of the package. This ...
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Does Ubuntu One follow symlinks if synchronizing a folder?

I've looked for this question and haven't gotten a reasonable answer yet. If I synchronize a folder will it synchronize a symlink? Will it process all the way through the link to all the files within ...
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Making file in user's homedir accessible from web/webserver

I have a txt-file one of my user's homedir which is regularly updated there by a script. I now want to be able to access (read) this file from the web. /home/user/folder/file.txt So what I tried ...
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/opt and /usr/local on the same partition but not under root

I am planning to install Ubuntu on a new laptop soon. I want to put /opt and /usr/local directories separately from the root and home partitions, but I don't need two partitions for them, just one. ...
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I think “/lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build” points to incorrect folder

I compile/create my own deb packages of kernel with: make-kpkg --rootcmd fakeroot --initrd --append-to-version=$version --revision=1 kernel_image kernel_headers But when I install both packages, in ...
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How to enable a symlink in this case

I cannot categorize this question under ubuntu since it has nothing to do with it. But I know people here can definitely answer this. I login to one of my deployment boxes using SSH (no ubuntu here). ...
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How can I create an alias so that when I enter “kt” it executes “killall gnome-terminal”?

How can I create an alias so that when I enter "kt" it executes "killall gnome-terminal"?
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How to find the final target of a daisy-chain of symbolic links?

I needed to issue several commands to follow a chain of symbolic links to the final target. Is there a command which will do it in a single step? which updatedb /usr/bin/updatedb ls -l ...