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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What's a good pattern to use to create desktop shortcuts pointing within network shares?

I have a samba share set to mount in /media/foo when I boot, and on my desktop I have some symlinks pointing to locations within this share. If my network flakes out, the symlinks report as broken, ...
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join linux home folders with Active Directory userprofiles

I have just set up a network using Samba and Kerberos. As we wanted users to be free to decide whether they wanted to use windows or linux, we currently store userprofiles (windows) and home folders ...
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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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How to configure apache2 with symbolic links in /var/www/?

I want to setup a local web server on my Ubuntu (14.04). So I installed all software to get a LAMP server. The problem is that I do something wrong with creating my virtualhosts. I wanted to create ...
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Lubuntu 14.x - no create link or shortcut menu on right click

I have to use good old ln -s command to create a desktop short cut. I am on Lubuntu 14.x running LXDE There is no right click menu on the folder tree that means : right click --> create desktop ...
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Debian installer does not create desktop/launcher link

I have a Qt application that I want to deploy as a deb package. I have been reading so many sources, all slightly different - most of what I did follows this How To: preparing an application for ...
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Symbolic links for video files doesn't play the video

Dear Folks, ln -sn Videos/vfile.mp4 Documents/Symlink/ creates a symbolic link but I couldn't play the video using vlc. What is the catch?
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Trying to resolve “Cannot open shared object file libudev.so.0”? Getting too many levels of symbolic links problem

I was trying to solve the problem highlighted here: But whenever I execute ln -s libudev.so.1 libudev.so.0 or even ln -s libudev.so.0 libudev.so.1 I get Too many symbolic links error. I know ...
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Creating a Soft Link for the desktop [closed]

I just want when i save something on my desktop it automatically goes to another folder on the different partition,I tried creating a soft link but in creates a link inside desktop folder. Edit: ...
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linking a folder to another [duplicate]

i am beginner to ubuntu and bit confused what to do, my question is as follows. I have installed the ubuntu inside windows using wubi which appears that it is installed along side. I just want when i ...
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Is it okay to use symbolic links in my web server?

I have the following directory setup: /var/www/html and /home/tim/Website/files_here The folder html is actually a link to /home/tim/Website. This means all my Website files are in my home area ...
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Link to shell script does not run from a different location

I have an application created using Lazarus. I can run it from the terminal like this: ./myapp para Now this file is currently in a home folder. So I created a shell script like this: #!/bin/sh cd ...
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Creating a symbolic link to a directory

I have a directory to which I want to create a symbolic link. The commands I used were: cd workspace_b4a cd android-sdk-linux ln -sv build-tools/20.0.0/lib/ platform-tools/lib The output was: ...
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How to list all symbolic links in a directory

I have a symbolic link in my /var/www/ directory that links to WordPress. When I run the command ls -la from the /var/www/ directory the link to WordPress doesn't show up. Is there a way to list all ...
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Charles breaks when run through a symlink

Charles proxy is installed right now in /opt/charles. Running /opt/charles/bin/charles starts Charles successfully. Now I want to add it to my PATH. ln -s /opt/charles/bin/charles ...
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Fixing installation of bower and grunt

I have screwed up installation and now when I do: bower install I get the following: bash: /usr/local/bin/bower: /usr/bin/env: bad interpreter: Too many levels of symbolic links How do I fix ...
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Symbolic link to resolv.conf strange behaviour in Ubuntu 14.04

I recently upgraded my PC to Ubuntu 14.04. I then experienced major problem in DNS resolution that did not work anymore. I finally found the following: in /etc, there is a 'resolv.conf' wihich is a ...
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How do symbolic links work in Dropbox?

I made some links to files in a folder. When I added that folder to Dropbox, the links contained duplicate copies of the files linked to. Have you had this problem? Do you understand what is ...
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Has the behavior of links to wine apps changed since 14.04?

Since the update to 14.04 LTS my links to wine programs have been acting strange. It's like the file is run from the location of the link and not from its installed folder. Opening a link from inside ...
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Symlink /var/www directory

I have been trying to create a symlink: /var/www -> /home/USER/code/ Following http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9104337/create-a-symbolic-link-of-directory-in-ubuntu , I entered the following ...
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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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Cannot transfer file due to “Filesystem does not support symbolic links” error

When I want to transfer files from my local hard drive to my thumbdrive, I keep getting this error: Filesystem does not support symbolic links. I don't know what this is, I need help with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to create a read-only link to a directory?

One of my scripts dynamically creates a symlink like so: ln -s /home/hosting/projects/images /home/hosting/projects/demo/images How can I make it so that the access through link is read-only?
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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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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 ...