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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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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how to create a symbolic link that works relative to the working directory

consider the following : x/ ph/ file1.txt -> ./../file1.txt file1.txt y/ ph/ -> /x/ph/ (this is full absolute path of x/ph) file1.txt /y/ph is a symlink for ph folder ...
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Why can't I follow symlinks when I use the file system gui, but in terminal everything works fine?

I've decided to go with the dedicated home/data partition way of doing things for my first multiboot configuration, and for that reason have a bunch of symlinks linking to where I've mounted that ...
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How to copy symbolic links while preserving the validity of the link?

Say under directory /usr/local/boost_1_52_0/stage/lib, I have a symbolic link: libboost_timer.so, which points to the regular file libboost_timer.so.1.52.0 in the same directory. How can I cp the ...
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Automatically create links symbolic links between directories, creating one uber directory

I have one directory, folder1, that I have shared via samba. I have another directory, folder2, that is not shared, but contains a lot of subfolders that I do want to share. When a user connects to ...
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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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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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Deleting a directory + unlinking the files

I have a folder with many files those have a few sym links pointing to them like /some_path -> /dir/file1 /some_path2 -> /dir/file2 /some_path3 -> /dir/file3 But I don't remember neither ...
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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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Which root paths (e.g., /lib) can never be symlinks?

VBox suggests an extremely inadequate default size for its root partition, so I had to create and mount a more realistic /dev/sdb1 to do anything useful. Despite that, / (/dev/sda1) is 96% full, and ...
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How to install ACPYPE and fix the error in Ubuntu 14.04?

I wanted to install acpype in ubuntu 14.04 and I followed the comments given in ubuntu program installation guide: I have followed the following commands. acpype go to the directory in which you ...
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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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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 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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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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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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dd will NOT recognise my sdcard ie “no such file or directory” it is seen by all other routes gparted,df,lsusb,blkid,,,so on

xubuntu 12.04-32 I am trying to build a bootable sdcard for my tablet and everything is ready but "dd" will NOT recognise any of my sdcard(s) 2Gb micro sd,8Gb or 32Gb
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Desktop link to file on second hard drive broken after reboot

I'm using a second hard drive to hold most of my data files. Links to files and folders on the second drive from all locations on my first drive, where Ubuntu 14.04 is installed, work, except that ...
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Symlinks dont work after restarts— then restarting nautilus fixes it

I'm having some problems with soft links that direct to folders in a partition I'm using to share files between Ubuntu and OSX. When I first set everything up it all worked perfectly, but after a ...
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Symlink problems with OSX dual-boot

I'm having some problems with soft links that direct to files in a shared partition I'm using to share files between Ubuntu and OSX. When I first set everything up it all worked perfectly, but after a ...
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Back up symbolic links (not the files they link to) with Dropbox

Dropbox follows symbolic links. Apparently this is useful. But I have a folder with very large data files I do not wish to back up online. I have physical backups for it. However, I have various ...
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Lubuntu DropBox and symbolic link abook.mab

I have my thunderbird address book stored in a drop box for cloud storage. abook.mab file in the dropBox is symbolically linked to thunderbird using; TERMINAL Prompt ~$ ln -s ...
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Symlinks: Can't create one because file exists, cant remove it because there is no such file

I posted this already on stackoverflow and it was suggested I ask here... I am running ubuntu 14.04 in vagrant on a windows 7 pc. I am running VirtualBox and git bash as administrator. I've created ...
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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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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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Replace link for pictures in Nautilus “Places” with symbolic link to an external or other internal drive? Ubuntu 14.04

I have many pictures and when I open Shotwell it takes a very long time to load. I can see the Shotwell window and the progress bar though I do not see the thumbnails until after the indexing is ...
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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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Symbolic link error to Java / LIBJVM

All, When trying to install postgresql, I get the following error: /sbin/ldconfig.real: usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64/jre/lib/amd64/jamvm/libjvm.so is not a symbolic link I think this is ...
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Symbolic link for lampp isn't working 100%

Note: I'm a beginner in ubuntu I've been trying for some time to set XAMPP up on my Ubuntu machine so I can develop my PHP projects. I found out that I can't directly modify the htdocs folder because ...
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creating symbolic link and get its place

creating link from GAMIT directory to gg; ln -s -f /home/sorbilene/GAMIT ~/gg then gg directory (involves all files of GAMIT directory) was created in /home/sorbilene. I tried to get the same place ...
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(Xubuntu) Symlinked wine doesn't open .exe?

I'm new to the site, and I've just created the account. Wine and I are having an issue right now. I'm booting Xubuntu from a Live USB and, therefore, have placed the .wine folder in another drive, ...
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Symbolic link that leads to one directory when writing, but another when reading

For my specific case, I am running a minecraft server on a SSD. I want to store one set of game files on the SSD so I can have a fast load time, but auto-backup to my HDD so I don't wear out the SSD ...
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Is there a way to mount a windows share as a Symbolic link using Ubuntu 14.04

Is there a way to mount a windows share as symbolic link so that a mounted drive does not appear on the sidebar under network using Ubuntu 14.04.
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Installing Python Module with Boost

I am trying to install a computer vision program via python setup.py install but it returns /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lboost_python-mt-py26 Now I run the following command dpkg -l ...
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Best way to execute script from another linux user on the same system

I've set a script to be running on subdomain.domain.com mostly for security by isolation reasons. I need to include some output of it at domain.com. The thing is it uses ajax and hence cross-domain ...
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Running Quake with Darkplaces from symlink, id1 folder not recognized

I'm new to Linux (have only been using it for a few days) and am using Ubuntu 14.04. I've been a Windows user my whole life, so there are a lot of things I'm getting used to. One example: symlinks. ...
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how to run “acpype” program?

If I want to open this program, I am giving "acpype" in the terminal and getting the following error: sslab1@sslab1-ThinkCentre-Edge72:~$ acpype bash: /usr/local/bin/acpype: Permission denied What ...
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Creating Mediawiki issue

Im right right now in the middle of creating Mediawiki on Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS for client and i'm having some troubles doing that. I managed to establish accessible Mediawiki instance in apache but i ...
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Start MATLAB R2014b by clicking icon in Kubuntu 14.10

After installation of Matlab 2014b on Kubuntu, I've created symbolic link to matlab.sh. And now when I start it in Konsole by matlab or ./matlab it works fine. But if I launch it by clicking on file ...
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Make mplayer2 use libass5 instead of libass4 via symlink

Can I make a symlink to libass5 to make mplayer2 use it instead of libass4 (which is currently depending on)? If yes, then How? And will I use symlink to replace the entire directory of libass4 or ...
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Libreoffice writer: hyperlink to another document does not work

I have some files (*.doc, msword 2003) with hyperlinks for crossreference. Those files open on libreoffice, but only local targets (within the same file) work. I've tried to remove and recreate ...
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Help creating a simple DEB installer

Installing my app is a relatively simple process, I just need to copy a few files onto the target machine. I've got a simple DEBIAN/control file, and the files I need to copy in the right ...
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Racket installation: What should be the ideal response to this installation question

I am trying to install racket on my Ubuntu 14.04. Downloaded the .sh file from http://racket-lang.org/download/. Ran sudo install into a desired folder(eg. ~/Documents/racket/). Entered ...
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Nautilus shows different permissions (than `ls`) for linked directory

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and i have changed one of my folders permission . when i do ls -al in that directory it shows me : total 48 drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Nov 3 05:14 . drwxr-xr-x 30 root ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...