Symlink

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 AN!Tools :: Filesystems :: Symlink

A symlink is a symbolic link to another point or object in a file system. In windows parlance, a symlink is an analog to a 'shortcut'.

An example of a symlink on an ext3 file system.
 digimer@akane:~/projects$ ls -lah
 total 472K
 drwxrwxr-x 27 digimer  digimer 4.0K 2008-02-14 15:34 .
 drwxr-xr-x 47 digimer  digimer 4.0K 2008-02-25 16:04 ..
 ...
 lrwxrwxrwx  1 digimer  digimer   17 2008-01-30 09:50 tle-bu.org -> /usr/share/tle-bu

This shows that the symlink 'tle-bu.org' in the local directory points to the directory '/usr/share/tle-bu'. In this case, the symlink provides an alternate path to another directory.

 

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