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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How to remove symbolic link

I was trying to create this symbolic link: sudo ln -s /usr/share/phpmyadmin /var/www/phpmyadmin but I accidentally typed: sudo ln -s /usr/share/php,yad,in /var/www/phpmyadmin So now I want to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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If I create a link to a folder, how can I get from that linked folder to the “real” folder from within Nautilus?

Say I have a folder several layers down in my documents folder. And I want easy access to it from my desktop. To do that I: Go to the parent folder in Nautilus. Right click on the folder's Icon and ...
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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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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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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 do I deal with too many levels of symbolic links?

I'm using Ubuntu Live USB to access my windows files, I'd like to perform a complete, file by file, backup of the Windows C: Drive. Since I want everything backed up, I'm doing a copy and paste. Copy ...
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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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Nautilus: Visited directory via symlink, now I can't go one level up in the target directory hierarchy

I created a shortcut via "make link" option. When I enter to this shortcut's folder I can't see any folders above it so I can't easily navigate to them. Is there a way to go one folder up in the GUI? ...
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how can I symlink my home folder from another drive?

More specifically, I want to have the user folder for my home account another disk that has more space, but keep my other smaller accounts on my ssd. I was able to copy my user folder to another disk, ...
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How to find files whose inode is not referenced by any directory

Okay, some time ago I found what seems to be a bug in nautilus. /tmp$ mkdir test/ /tmp$ mkdir test2/ /tmp$ echo "very important stuff" > test/important-file.txt /tmp$ ln -s /tmp/test/ test2/test ...
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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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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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Why not design having the softlink (symlink) and hardlink in the same “link”?

I haven't used hardlinks for a long time and never really needed them until I was asked in an interview. I read their difference from symlinks here: What is the difference between a hard link and a ...
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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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Show full-path for links [duplicate]

The real path for the folder TEMP DESK is: /home/username/Desktop/Dropbox/mystuff/TEMP DESK But when I click on the link that I created for it, it shows: /home/username/Desktop/Link 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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force cp to copy on dangling symlinks

Is there any way to force cp (Bash 4.2.5, Ubuntu 12.04) to copy onto a dangling symlink? cp a-file path/to/danling/symlink/a-file cp: not writing through dangling symlink ...
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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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Symbolic Link: No such file or directory

I created a symbolic Link from a File at "/opt/bladir/bla" to "bla". So "bla" is now in "/usr/bin/bla". But if I want to call "bla" at terminal, there comes the no such file or directory error. I ...
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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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show the target of current directory(symbolic link)

I'm in directory ~/a which is a symbolic link to ~/b/c. My prompt looks like: ~/a$ But I hope to cd to ~/b/c. ~/a$ cd . ~/a$ It doesn't work. What's the right way?
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How to Link Google Drive, Dropbox, or other Folders Into Encrypted Home Folders?

Question How can I mount these folders only after I've logged into the user with the encrypted home folder? System What I am trying to do is bind: /home/username/Dropbox/Documents to ...
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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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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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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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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 ...