Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
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file system (Or "symlink", "soft link" (by contrast with
symbolic link is created with the "ln" (link) command:
ln -s OLDNAME NEWNAME
Where OLDNAME is the target of the link (usually a pathname)
and NEWNAME is the pathname of the link itself.
(OLDNAME). Some operations (e.g. removing) work on the link
In contrast with hard links
, there are no restrictions on
where a symbolic link can point, it can refer to a file on
another file system, to itself or to a file which does not
even exist (e.g. when the target of the symlink is removed).
Such problems will only be detected when the link is accessed.