I have been working on setting up some symbolic links so that I can easily access directories and files on another internal hard drive. When I create the links they work well, but every time that I restart the links are lost. Is there a better way to use links or refresh them?

I am currently creating links like this

ln -s /media/UserName/DiskName

I am running ubuntu 15.04 64-bit

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    Two quick questions: Are the links disappearing or just broken? What version of Ubuntu are you running?
    – Ian
    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:40
  • That command is missing a target.
    – Rinzwind
    Jul 21, 2015 at 6:44
  • @Rinzwind no need for a target if you want the link to be named the same as the source in the current directory.
    – mgor
    Jul 21, 2015 at 6:52
  • Is it an external drive? If so you can use udev-rules to auto-run a script to create the links when the drive is plugged in. See here and here
    – FelixJN
    Jul 21, 2015 at 7:36
  • To clear it up the links are still there, but broken. The drive I am trying to access is a second hard drive on my machine, so ubuntu is on drive A and I have the symbolic link to drive B. Jul 21, 2015 at 14:56

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The reason is quite clear. You did not set mounting rules for this disk in /etc/fstab/.

When system starts, the disk is not mounted.

Just add a line to /etc/fstab for a permanent rule and the problem will be solved.

This is a guide.

  • That would appear to be the problem, thank you! I found this link to be more helpful however help.ubuntu.com/community/… Jul 22, 2015 at 2:33
  • See my answer for a way that doesn't require you to compose a /etc/fstab entry. I will also add that the bug is in nautilus, since after you log in, there's a perfectly valid mounted partition where the symlink expects to find it, yet the link fails. Dec 9, 2016 at 17:25
  • There's a nice gui method to sort that problem here askubuntu.com/questions/154180/…
    – Mr Purple
    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:50

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