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Linux Magazine: Think Links

Dec 21, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Peek)

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"Why would you want to give a program more than one name? How can you move quickly through the filesystem like Star Trek's Enterprise jumping through a 'worm hole'? What good are multiple views of the files in a directory? You'll see these things and more, as we look into Linux filesystem links.

"A link is similar to a shortcut on a Microsoft Windows desktop or an alias on the Macintosh: the link symbolizes a file or folder that's located somewhere else in the filesystem. In most cases, operations on the link (such as open, read, and write), affect the file the link represents, not the link itself..."

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