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Linux Shell Scripting Essentials by Sinny Kumari

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Links to a file

A link to a file means referring the same file by different filenames. In Linux and Unix-based system, the following two types of links exist:

  • A soft link or a symbolic link
  • A hard link

To create links between files, the ln command can be used. The syntax is as follows:

ln [option] target link_name

Here, target is the filename for which a link has to be created and link_name is the name by which a link has to be created.

Soft link

A soft link is a special kind of file that just points to another file. This makes it easier to create a shortcut of a file and easy accessibility of a file to a different location in a filesystem.

To create a symbolic link of a file, the ln command is used with the -s option. For example, we will create a ...

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