I know that hard link can not point to directories but when i create an empty directory and execute stat command for it

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links=2 ,I search for symbolic links

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There is not another link. why for directory the default numbers of links=2?

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Short answer:

The number of links to a directory is at least two:

  • The link to the parent directory
  • The link to itself

See also here:

The number of links is the number of hard links to the file. For a directory, the number of hard links is the number of (immediate) subdirectories plus the parent directory and itself.


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