Questions tagged [symbolic-link]

A 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 the files that symbolic link files link to.

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What does -f argument of readlink mean? [duplicate]

I've come across the following command: readlink -f $0 I've read and understood what readlink does, but I don't understand -f and $0.
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Symbolic link to directory

I'm trying to create a shortcut/link to a folder in a shared partition. However the following code generates a broken link: ln -s $PWD ~/Desktop/ Any ideas. I'm sure in 18.04 I just did a right ...
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Your python3 install is corrupted. Please fix the '/usr/bin/python3' symlink [duplicate]

Context: I am looking to upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS I performed following steps: $ sudo apt update $ sudo apt upgrade -y $ sudo reboot $ sudo apt --purge autoremove $ sudo apt install update-...
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How to copy relative symbolic links

I want to copy cp in terminal a symbolic relative link into another directory, and I would like the copy to keep relatively pointing to the original target file. How can I simply do it? Minimal ...
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“Downloads” folder shortcut on the left pane of nautilus disappeared; how do I get it back? [duplicate]

"Downloads" folder shortcut disappeared The Downloads folder shortcut on the left pane of nautilus has disappeared. How do I get it back? Today, I opened the terminator and removed the "Downloads" ...
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Soft links change working directory to link source in vim

I'm using wsl ubuntu on windows 10, and I have a directory that I had been storing python projects in before I started using wsl at C:\Users\____\Onedrive\Documents\Python Projects. I have created a ...
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How to run symlink'ed executable application from Desktop while using GNOME Shell?

I have Ubuntu 20.04 LTS installed with default GNOME Shell. Then I have created symlink for some application on the ~/Desktop folder with ln -s /usr/bin/xclock ~/Desktop/xclock (the xclock is just ...
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How to create desktop shortcuts for folders in Ubuntu 20.04

How can you create desktop shortcuts for folders in Ubuntu 20.04? I can't see the "Make link" button when I right-click on it.
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redefine links for ldconfig

This is my machine configuration: OS: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS x86_64 Kernel: 5.4.0-29-generic Shell: bash 5.0.16 DE: GNOME Terminal: gnome-terminal CPU: Intel i7-4700MQ (8) @ 3.400GHz GPU: Intel 4th Gen ...
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DaVinci Resolve doesn't work on Ubuntu 18.04

DaVinci Resolve doesn't work on Ubuntu 18.04. mkadmi@poor-thinkpad-e470:~$sudo dpkg --install davinci-resolve_16.2.1-1_amd64.deb (Reading the database... 249466 files and directories already ...
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Compress folder following any symbolic links

I store a lot of my data in a flat structure and the create symbolic links to different folders where my clients can access them via OwnCloud. I need to compress one of these folders containing sym-...
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Delete files from symbolic link

I'm creating a symlink that points to 3 differente folders, I used the command below to test: sudo mount -t aufs -o br:/var/www/test/folder1=RW:/var/www/test/folder2=RW:/var/www/test/folder3=RW \none ...
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Opera can't access symlinked directories

I have symlinked some of the folders in my data partition to the home directory on my system partition (Downloads, Documents, etc). I have also set the partition to automount (works). However, when I ...
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Adding Block Storage with Symlink for website downloads

I am wondering if I can add a symlink to access block storage for my downloadable content for my website. I use Digital Ocean and instead of increasing my overall server size, I want to just add ...
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How to prevent files from being removed when I remove them from a linked directory?

To create symlinks I use: ln -s /folder /target But when I delete a file from /target it also get removed from /folder. However I want to keep the file in /folder even though I remove it from /...
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Cannot remove symbolic link to passwd

Was just trying to learn and test on creation of symbolic link and relative symbolic link. I did the following command: ln -P /etc/passwd linkPassword ln -r -s /etc/passwd RlinkPassword Both worked ...
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Every time I restart my symbolic link disappears?

I have two different HDD, one to keep the OS and one to store all my media files. I created a symbolic link of my movies folder residing in my media HDD onto my Ubuntu 19.10 desktop. But the problem ...
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.desktop files - Allow launching - set this via CLI

I‘m customizing a Ubuntu Live (19.10) system and created .desktop files for installed applications. When booted up, I need to rightclick these files and choose „Allow launching“. Can I automate this ...
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symlink downloads cant create nwq bookmark on Files | Ubuntu 19.10

The downloads on the bookmark decided to say unable to fine requested file since my downloads is just a symlink from my 2nd drive so i deleted the downloads on the bookmark and just drag the symbol ...
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How can I finish the workaround of having program look at libicu*60 when searching for libicu*50?

[Rewording first sentence as it created confusion]: I am using Ubuntu 18.04 and am trying to run a proprietary program that was released this year. The program was built with the intention that it ...
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Create soft link to Google Drive folder on Ubuntu 19.10

I'm trying to create a soft link to a Google Drive folder in Ubuntu 19.10. I've just installed GNOME online account and I can browse it from Nautilus. I remember that in a previous version of Ubuntu, ...
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Creating shortcuts on a fileshare

I am trying to provide access for some users to some folders that were deleted. There is no room on the server they should go on, so I have placed them elsewhere. Additionally, I have only recently ...
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How to make a symlink to an AppImage

I am trying to create a symlink to be able to run a newer version of qpdf than the one installed in 18.04. They provide a AppImage. if I do: /usr/local/bin$ sudo wget https://github.com/qpdf/qpdf/...
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Correct way to run a program

I've got a program called OOMMF and i run it by simply cd in the directory oommf and from here i run the executable oommf.tcl , but I'd like a way to run it from everywhere, is it correct to add the ...
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Copying symlinked files to usb drive with Thunar

[I posted this to stackexchange several days ago and got no response, so I am trying here.] I have some *.ts video files recorded by MythTV (on Ubuntu with xfce desktop). There is a script called ...
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ln: failed to create symbolic link : No such file or directory

So I just moved over to Ubuntu and cannot find a solution to this problem anywhere. I'm installing Maya 2020 and want to create a symbolic link using the following sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-...
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No 'Move to Trash' in Files for symlinked directory

I have a symbolic link to a directory of another user. The directory has group write permission and I have done 'newgrp' to that group. On the command line I can 'touch', 'rm', 'mv' to that directory....
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Creating symbolic link to gio mounted directory results in weird chicken-like symbol instead of colon

I'm getting a very weird problem. I have successfully mounted an sftp directory using gio mount (previously known as gvfs-mount). I then try to create a symbolic link to this directory as ln -sv /...
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Your python3 install is corrupted. Please fix the '/usr/bin/python3' symlink. Ubuntu 18.10 >19.01

I'm trying to upgrade from Ubuntu 18.10 to 19.04 but I'm getting the error Your python3 install is corrupted. Please fix the '/usr/bin/python3' symlink. I tried different options from this portal ...
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How Do I Link to /usr/lib or /opt From /usr/bin?

This is Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop edition, running the default Gnome desktop. I am trying to install FreeFileSync which is a downloadable .tar.gz file (from here: https://freefilesync.org/download.php). ...
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What does red symbol link mean

~/temp$ mkdir dir1 ~/temp$ mkdir dir2 ~/temp$ mkdir dir2/dir21 ~/temp$ ln -s dir2/dir21 dir1/ln2dir21 ~/temp$ mkdir dir1/ln2dir21/dir3 mkdir: cannot create directory ‘dir1/ln2dir21/dir3’: No such file ...
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Using zip command to transfer Ubuntu folders with symbol links in them to Windows

First I used zip to archive folder(s) in Ubuntu. Then I used 7zip to extract those folders on Windows. There are symbolic links in the folder(s). I'm sure everything pointed by any symbolic link in ...
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CouchDB Snap won't move data folder

When I attempt to move a data directory for CouchDB, installed via Snap, I am getting a "user database not found" error. I'm new to snap, but have done this with bare Couch installs a couple of times,...
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Convert folder symlink to a regular folder

I have a folder symlink and I want to replace the symlink by its content (clone symlink content to a folder named as the symlink and remove the symlink). Is there any simple command to do that?
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Issue setting symbolic link for Julia Lang

I am running Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. I guess my question is a general question about symbolic links with a specific set up. However, I am new to Ubuntu and maybe I am wrong and my issue lies somewhere ...
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Changing symlink “python” crashes python applications

I am running Ubuntu 16.04. and I have installed python3.5 and python3.8 There is a symlink /usr/bin/python3 which points to /usr/bin/python3.5 Now after installing python3.8, I wanted the link ...
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How can I make symbolic links in one folder for multiple files in another folder

I am using Ubuntu 18.04, 19.04 & 19.10 For gnome-shell theming purposes, I come across the below situation. admin@i7-4770:~$ ls /usr/share/themes/Yaru/gnome-shell/ calendar-today.svg ...
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Ubuntu app on WSL doesn't recognise Windows symlinks

In this question, I already asked a first question on the Ubuntu app on a Windows machine, this was about a Ubuntu app I installed on my computer at work. Now I've tried to do the same with WSL on my ...
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Alt+drag no longer creates links?

It's been driving me mad: it used to be in KDE/Plasma that if you alt+drag a file and dropped it then it would create a soft-link. But that has stopped working, and I can't work out how to do it: ...
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How to make symlinks appear as regular folders to dropbox client

So recently Dropbox stopped syncing symlinks (bad move IMHO). I have a rather small hard drive and use symlinks to sync folders on Dropbox. Recently this stopped working (any new files added to ...
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How to automatically sync files between local folder and Dropbox folder?

I'm trying to set up a sort of DIY cloud-saves system for a game on Ubuntu so that I could share saves for a game between 2 systems, using Dropbox. The intended result is for the saves to ...
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Problem regarding gvfs and symlink

I have a samba share that is serving some LibreOffice templates and a tree to store generated .odts. As long as I try to open these documents using file manager all is well. I have written some ...
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Is Chromium in 18.04 really preventing me from following softlinks outside of my home folder? [duplicate]

I have an old drive where I put files which I do not care much about. I mounted it as /mnt/crap (well chosen name!). There I create a directory with my name: /mnt/crap/alexis. I create a link to ...
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Is the description of the '--dereference-command-link-symlink-to-dir' option in the GNU Coreutils manual for the ls utility wrong?

Below is the text in question from the manuaul. --dereference-command-line-symlink-to-dir Do not dereference symbolic links, with one exception: if a command line argument specifies a symbolic ...
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How to create softlinks to all files in a directory in a different directory in terminal?

Doing ln -fs ./source/* at the destination directory doesn't work It shows: ./source/file1 is not a directory
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Is it possible to have the users config files on special partition (on SSD) and symlinks in home folder (on HDD)?

my system is installed on SSD and my home is on the HDD. Is it possible (and useful) to make an extra partition (lets name it "config") on the SSD, move all my users config files to that partition ...
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errors: Ubuntu /sbin/ldconfig.real: is not a symbolic link on a VM with no GUI

# lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS Release: 16.04 Codename: xenial Whenever I run apt-get upgrade on my Ubuntu 16 ...
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Pictures folder disappeared from favorites in file browser

I recently removed the defautlt Pictures folder and replaced it with a symlink to a different directory. Now it's no longer in the favorites bar on the left in the file manager. I added it manually ...
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Unbuntu 18.04 LTS Dolphin Not Showing My Symbolic Links or Media Folder

Ubuntu 18.04 L.T.S. Gnome 3.28.2 - I have a symbolic link to a folder from an NTFS partition that I placed in the Documents folder for quick use. Nautilus shows the link and it works fine, but ...
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Unable to return to parent directory from soft link to remote system

I have created a soft link in directory /home/sam/ named S. I have a directory data in sam /home/sam/data. The soft link S is pointing to a remote server directory, which is successfully being ...

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