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ln [options ] file1 file2
ln [options ] files directory

Create pseudonyms (links) for files, allowing them to be accessed by different names. In the first form, link file1 to file2 , where file2 is usually a new filename. If file2 is an existing file, it is removed first; if file2 is an existing directory, a link named file1 is created in that directory. In the second form, create links in directory , each link having the same name as the file specified.



Force the link to occur (don't prompt for overwrite permission).


Do not overwrite existing files.


Create a symbolic link. This lets you link across filesystems and also see the name of the link when you run ls -l . (Otherwise, you have to use find -inum to find any other names a file is linked to.)

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