Create Symbolic Links
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05/25/2012 - Linux 

Create Symbolic Links

Creating a symbolic link is easy, simply use this command:

ln -s [source] [destination]


  • [source] is the absolute or relative path to the file or directory you are symbolic linking the pointer to.
  • [destination] is the name of the symbolic link pointer you are actually creating.

For example:

ln -s /home/smith/somefolder/somefile.txt thisfile.txt

This example will create a symbolic link named 'thisfile.txt' in your current directory, and it points to the 'somefile.txt' file within the 'somefolder' folder of smith's home directory.

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