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2015-02-09

Linking Files in Linux

Even after working with linking for a while sometimes these concepts confuse me or I get them backwards.

Here's some easy ways to remember what linking types mean and how to read the commands

Symbolic Links

The way I think of symbolic links is best described by an example:

ln -s DEST LINK

The above is the format of it

Here is a practical example:

ln -s /fruit/apples/ /food/apples

Which in plain english means: When you look for food that is an apple under the /food/apples directory, instead look inside and use the /fruit/apples/ directory

The /food/apples directory is the symbolic link which can be removed using:

rm /food/apples


This effectively allows us to use the "fruit" storage instead of the "food" storage which is useful if the "food" storage is limited but the fruit storage is plentiful.

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