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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Wine won't follow Symbolic links

I can't get Wine to follow some symbolic links I have in my home folder or in applications. Is there a way to enable this? This is on Wine-1.5.18. Edit: Just in case it helps, I'm trying to use a ...
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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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When would you want to use a Hard link instead of a soft link? An example to help Understand the difference

I have read lots of posts on What is the difference between soft and hard link but still am a bit vague on the difference. I wonder could somebody give just one or two example(s) of when you would ...
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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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Symbolic link to NAS

I love the "sticky notes"- program xpad. Would it be possible to use the command ln -s to link it's config folder to a shared folder on a NAS drive, to have the xpad-sessions synced on all my local ...
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Linked Files in LD_LIBRARY_PATH statement not working

Is there some magic to ensure that Link files work when part of a PATH statement? I have an app that is looking for /opt/Qt/5/gcc_64/lib/libXmlPatterns.so.5 The above file is a link to a file in ...
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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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Problems with Java and Symlinks

i'm having troubles with the java jar files symlink. First of all i've to use java -jar command if i don't do it the java file doesn't run properly. Well the problem starts when i symlink the jar ...
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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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rsync doesn't resolve target symlink to directory

I'm using ssh to connect to a remote machine. In my home directory there, I created a symlink to a mounted directory, as you can see below: username@hostname:~$ ls -l lrwxrwxrwx 1 username users 69 ...
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How can i remove home directory from download directory without deleting it

In my Downloads folder when I make ls I see the home directory, and I don't know why, I want to remove it but I am afraid to remove my home folder. Can anyone tell me how I can just remove the home ...
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virt-install - internal error: process exited while connecting to monitor, symlink to /var

TLDR: when contents of /var is stored in a normal directory, virt-install works. When /var is a symlink pointing somewhere else, virt-install breaks. New installation of Ubuntu 14.04. 2 logical ...
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Is it possible to make all files in a dir be always created as symlinks to /dev/null or ignore all writes to them in other way?

I always redirect unneeded logs that are always stored under one name to /dev/null by symlinking. But some applications create directories with files named, for example, by date. I do not want to ...
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Move files preserving symbolic links

I have some files on an external hard drive, to which I keep soft symlinks in my home folder (many links, not just one). I need to move some of the original files to another hard drive, and I want to ...
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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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Symlink not working

I am trying to link java plugin to Opera. I have tried all sorts of methods. These are Opera's instructions for after JRE's installation: So that Java will be discovered, type the following ...
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Symbolic link, samba share, Ubuntu 14.04

I am a Unix dabbler at best, I would appreciate some expert help. I have upgraded one of my machines from 12.04 to 14.04 and lost a path to a windows samba share. On a 12.04 machine I have a samba ...
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How to solve linking problem to build a project?

I'm trying to run "make all" to build a project, and keep getting error CXX/LD -o .build_release/tools/compute_image_mean.bin /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libunwind.so.8: undefined reference to ...
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How to create a symlink without expanding variable?

I'm trying to create a symlink that links /root/.gtkrc-2.0.mine to /home/$USER/.gtkrc-2.0.mine. Whenever I try to run the following, the variable expands, so if I copied it to another computer, it ...
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Moving - Installed app's data to another partition

I have installed ka-lite application in my /home directory. This application is for offline hosting of khan-academy tutorial videos. The program stores offline videos in the location ...
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Is it possible to create a symbolic link that relies on an environmental variable instead of a absolute path?

The Environmental variable will contain the absolute path. That way if an entire sub-directory is moved then one only needs to edit the environmental variable. For example if we have some directory ...
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Why wont my symlink run node?

I've recently downloaded node and unpacked it to /usr/local/node. The executable can be found at /usr/local/node/node-v4.1.0-linux-x64/bin/node. I have create a symlink to the file at /usr/bin/node, ...
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XPDC1 make error

I am coming across an error when making this software. I have already installed xgrafix, xoopic, xpdp1, and xpdp2. I believe it is solvable by linking but I am unsure on how to do that. These are all ...
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Can't get symlinks working

I'm trying to get symlinks for a Typo3 installation to work. My way to do it: cd /var/www/application/htdocs ln -s /var/www/application/typo3_src-7.4.0 typo3_src Check with ls -l lrwxrwxrwx 1 ...
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Recover Directory Links

I've just erroneously launched this command: rm -R symbolic_link_to_dir and now if I go to DIR I can't see the content folders anymore. Fortunately if I enter with my FTP I can see all of the ...
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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 ...