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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Evince won't save files, says “Permission denied”

If I go into evince's save dialog, go to /home/username/Documents, in my home directory, and try to create a new directory (e.g. foo), the operation fails. Evince says: Could not create directory ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tar extract symbolic link before extracting the target

I use sshfs to mount folders inside my home directory and one of those is Steam. Each time tar is used to extract in those folder, it will fail calling utime on all symlinks. I noticed that tar ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Hacking Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary's My Topics to be available on multiple machines [closed]

How to make Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary 8th Edition MyTopics list to sync across multiple machines using SparkleShare?
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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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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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How to create new files or modify existing files in a sym link?

I am new to the LAMP environment. I wanted to create files directly in my home directory instead of always copying it to /var/www. I created a sym link using the following command : ln -s /var/www ...
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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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Is it safe to place symlinks in /bin directory ?

I have many command line tools that I use frequently. I was using the normal method to traverse till the complete path of that command through terminal and then did ./command-name BUT this is a ...
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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 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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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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Help with creating symbolic link

I'm a little bit confused with how the symbolic links work. I hope someone can guide me in the right direction. I want to put a demo online from our software, which normally only runs locally on a ...
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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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Copy: How to recover files which have disappeared

Some files in Copy have disappeared. How can I recover them?
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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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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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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 ...