[CentOS] Re: symbolic linking

Mon May 19 18:55:54 UTC 2008
Robert Nichols <rnicholsNOSPAM at comcast.net>

MHR wrote:
> Yes, using fqpn's is best in situations like this, but if I read the
> above correctly, you want:
> ln -s /mnt/jack/files /opt/files
> because you said you mounted jack's /opt on jill's /mnt/jack, not
> jack's / (root).
> Still, why you would get /opt/files/files is a mystery to me, too.

You will get that if /opt/files is an existing directory or a symlink
to an existing directory.  The semantics of "ln -s" are that if the
target exists and is a directory, then the symlink is placed within
that directory.  That's true even when you use the "-f" flag trying
to replace an existing symlink, and I get bit by that frequently.

You just have to be very careful when symlinking directories.

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