Linux create symlink

 

Linux create symlink or symbolic link.

 

   On linux system, the shotcut to file is call symlink or symbolic link.  The article on Linux create symlink below show step by step to create symlink between two files on linux system.

 

Create symlink example.

 

1.  Log in on the system.

 

2.  Now issue ln -s command to instruct Linux to create symlink to a file, the example below we make a link (shortcut) that call dns that link to /etc/resolf.conf the configuration file that contain DNS server name for our Linux system. 

Linux create symlink

[linux@fedora11 ~]$ ln -s /etc/resolv.conf dns

[linux@fedora11 ~]$

 

3.  To verify that the our symlink or symbolic link created successfully, issue ll command or ls -l --color=auto

symlink or symbolic link

[linux@fedora11 ~]$ ll

total 32

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Desktop

lrwxrwxrwx. 1 linux linux   16 2010-04-25 17:37 dns -> /etc/resolv.conf

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Documents

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Download

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Music

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Pictures

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Public

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Templates

drwxr-xr-x. 2 linux linux 4096 2010-03-20 22:32 Videos

[linux@fedora11 ~]$

 

4.  issue cat command to test our new symlink / symbolic link working perfectly.  Note that dns is symlink to /etc/resolf.conf configuration file.

test our new symlink symbolic link working perfectly

[linux@fedora11 ~]$ cat dns

# Generated by NetworkManager

domain localdomain

search localdomain

nameserver 192.168.228.2

[linux@fedora11 ~]$

 

Read more on Linux symbolic link, Windows shortcut and Windows symbolic link, to know the different between them.

 

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