Softlinks vs. Hardlinks: A Quick Explanation
Sep 27, 2010, 17:34 (1 Talkback[s])
"I got this question in an email the other day, and I realized
it's something many people might be unfamiliar with. In Linux,
there are two types of file links, hardlinks and softlinks. Here,
I'll give a quick explanation of what these types of links are, and
when you should use them.
"What is a softlink?
"Softlinks are the easiest to understand, especially because
you've probably already used them. A softlink fills the same role
as a Windows shortcut. Simply put, a softlink is a file that points
to another file. When you create a softlink, you are creating a new
file that exists only as a pointer to a file elsewhere on the
"All links are created with the ln command, using the -s flag if
you want a softlink (if you don't use -s, you'll get a hardlink,
which I'll talk about in a second). The syntax of the command