A Couple of Other Biters You'll Be Using Soon

This is as good a place as any to introduce two more commands that you will be called upon to use in this chapter and elsewhere in the book: ln and tar. You needn't practice with these yet, because you will be using them very soon, but you might as well know what they are all about.

$ ln

You use the ln (link) command to create a link file that launches or activates another file located in a separate folder. This is very useful when trying to activate a file that is buried deep in the subfolder of a subfolder of a subfolder somewhere on your hard disk. The command is very often used with the -s (symbolic) flag, which provides essentially the same thing as the shortcut you've come to know in Windows or ...

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