Concept

Ln (Unix)

Summary
The command is a standard Unix command utility used to create a hard link or a symbolic link (symlink) to an existing file or directory. The use of a hard link allows multiple to be associated with the same since a hard link points to the inode of a given file, the data of which is stored on disk. On the other hand, symbolic links are special files that refer to other files by . The command by default creates hard links, and when called with the command line parameter creates symbolic links. Most operating systems prevent hard links to directories from being created since such a capability could disrupt the structure of a and interfere with the operation of other utilities. The command can however be used to create symbolic links to non-existent files. History appeared in Issue 2 of the X/Open Portability Guidelines. The version of bundled in GNU coreutils was written by Mike Parker and David MacKenzie. The command is available a
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