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 change destination of symbolic link

I want to change the destination of an existing symbolic link, without removing the link or the old destination. I have previously created a symbolic link to a directory such as follows : $ cd ...
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Symlink on a folder inside a mounted drive

Ok so i moved from windows to ubuntu 12.04 32bit yesterday and im still learning the folder structure etc of *nix systems. What im trying to do is create a symlink from my 2nd hard drive's, which is ...
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sites-available subfolders and a2ensite?

Due to my job on my localhost I have a lot (think 50+) sites running, these are for about 8 different clients, I want to organise my sites into subfolders. I tried putting my sites in subfolders ...
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How do I replace a directory with a symlink and retain the folder emblem?

I want to replace the folders in my home/ directory with symlinks to folders in another location, but I want to retain the folder emblems without having to go searching for them. How do I do this? ...
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After creating a symlink from PlayOnLinux steamapps to Windows steamapps, should games appear as installed in Steam?

I was able to successfully install Steam via PlayOnLinux. I can launch Steam, browse the store, see my library, etc. After I did that step, I followed these instructions to create a symlink from ...
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Documents stored on separate internal drive, Ubuntu doesn't notice on startup

My machine has Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running side-by-side on a single hard drive with GRUB bootloader, each with 500 GB storage. I keep my personal documents on a separate 1TB ...
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Can't create folder links from a fat32 partition

When I try to create links from several folders (created on windows 7) in order to put them on my personal folder, I get the following error: Error creating the link to [folder] - Destination does ...
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How To Mount or Bind A Samba Share (Specified By An IP Address) On A Directory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Correct way of mounting a Windows share From my Ubuntu computer, I can access a network share in Nautilus using the IP address prefixed with "smb://". For example, ...
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How to Tab-complete directories when in symlinked directory?

I have a symlink: /path/to/foo -> /path/to/bar/foo When in /path/to/foo I might want to cd to /path/to/bar/foo: $ cd ../ Tab Then nothing autocompletes. I can still cd just fine by typing in ...
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How do I add links to launcher [duplicate]

I am new to Ubuntu; I've been using it for a couple hours now, and I encountered one little problem that I was hoping to solve. I got a program on my computer without actually using the software ...
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Make `php` recognized as a command in terminal [closed]

I have XAMPP installed and my PHP is: /opt/lampp/bin/php-5.3.8 Every time I need to execute a PHP file I need to do this: /opt/lampp/bin/php-5.3.8 testando.php Is there another way to execute it ...
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find . -type l says missing argument

I want to find all symbolic links in the current directory and below. Therefore, I used: find . -type l Running that clears the screen showing "Pattern not found (press RETURN)" at the bottom of ...
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Hard-link /home/myuser to its new location?

I moved my home directory to a subdirectory of a second (mounted) drive using usermod -d ... -m. Now, most programs work fine, but a few (Dropbox, etc.) do not. I believe this is because there is no ...
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How to store Pictures folder on another hard drive?

I have multiple drives in a desktop computer. I want one of those drives to function as my /home/username/Pictures folder. Can this be done? I thought symbolic links could do this, but I'm not ...
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Hardlink or Symlink a portable HDD as Webroot?

I'm setting up a local development environment for our server, and (due to capacity limitations on my SSD) I need to use an external drive as my Webroot (/var/www in my case). The real question is, ...
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Unable to create a symlink to a file

I am not able to create a simple symlink here. When I tried the command sudo ln –s /home/vivek/Downloads/drush/drush /home/vivek/Documents/ where drush is a file inside the folder named drush, I ...
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Creating symlink for Postgres

As a developer, I often ssh right into my local database, just to test my application before pushing my code. However, I find that every time I want to access Postgres, I have to type in ...
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How can I build a link for a directory aside from one file?

I run World of Warcraft on Windows 7 on one hard drive and Ubuntu on another. Until I can figure out how to get my wine version working at the same framerate as the Windows 7 version, I have to do ...
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How to maintain symlinks in linux file manager?

I want to use symlinks extensively. However, if I move the target file, the symlink becomes broken (unlike on Windows). That's not acceptable to me, so I either need a solution or I won't be able to ...
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symbolic link to /opt

How do you : "Create as administrator (sudo) one link in /usr/bin to the command that you'd like to call (for example with8.5 and tclsh8.5). One time that you had create the links you can run ...
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Symbolic link all files in directory to show in another directory?

What I want is to be able to display all files that are ftp'd into /home/ftp in /srv/ftp /srv/ftp is password protected, and has files in it which I don't want to be accessible from the public ftp. ...
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What is the difference between a hard link and a symbolic link?

As the title says, I would like to know the difference between a hard link and a soft link created by the command ln. The command man ln does provide information, but does not sufficiently answer my ...
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Symlink a directory and automatically sync its content

Suppose I have a folder foo with the two content: data1.txt cfg.txt Now I create a new symlink called fo2 which points to directory foo: cp -s -R /home/user123/foo /home/user123/fo2 It's ...
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How to sync folders on different partitions (symlink?)

I use Ubuntu One to synch my home/Documents folder among more computers. On a portable tablet I have set the Documents folder in a separate Fat32 partition named sda6, and I made it default documents ...
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Redirecting directories in home partition

I have a 60GB SSD for my / filesystem but for more space I got a 16GB SD card for my /home partition. I'm worried it won't be able to take the amount to write the /home directory. So I was wondering ...
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How to expand encrypted /home to second internal drive?

I have a huge number of photos, and I want to move just my /Pictures folder to a second SATA drive in my computer for performance reasons. I want everything to work as it is now, except that /Pictures ...
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Changing symlinks does not work for directories

In order to change a symbolic link, one can use the -fs option to eliminate the need to unlink or delete the old link first. However, trying to do so on directories does not seem to work: $ mkdir ...
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how to find real file from link

ls -l java lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 2019-02-17 11:37 java -> /etc/anotherLink/java when I do ls -l it shows path to file, but that file can also be a link. is there any way to show path to real ...
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Why ubuntu does not have /usr/bin/bash

this is not a problem, just curious: Why ubuntu does not have /usr/bin/bash ? as link to /bin/bash or other direction.
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How to break or delete the symbolic link?

sudo ln -fs /usr/share/icons/Cyclone/cursor.theme etc/alternatives/x-cursor-theme I want to delete this link, as it seems to make some problems. Is this done by deleting cursor.theme file or what ...
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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. ...