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CompTIA® Linux+ / LPIC-1 Cert Guide: (Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400) by Sean Walberg, Ross Brunson

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Linking Files

Links come in two varieties: symbolic and hard. (Symbolic links are often known as soft links.) Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Sysadmins use links for a multitude of purposes; chief among them is the need to make shortcuts on the system for users to access data without having to navigate multiple directory levels.

If you have users on your Linux systems, you need to have a single mount point accessible to multiple users. The options include having users navigate to the /mnt/somemount directory to save data or putting a link to that mount point in their home directories. You’re much better off using a link for this task.

Symbolic Links

Symbolic links are used primarily to make a shortcut from one object to ...

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