Linux Magazine: Think Links

“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…”


Related Story:
CLI Magic: Symbolic Links
(Sep 01, 2004)

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