Other Ways to Get Disk Space
You might have copies of the same file in several directories because:
Several different users need to read it (a data file, a program setup file, a
telephone list, etc.).
It's a program that more than one person wants to use.
For some reason, you don't want to keep one central copy and put its directory
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The file has a strange name or it's in a directory you don't usually use.
You want a name that's easier to type, but you can't use mv
||Instead of running cp
, think about ln
(Your system should have ln
But it comes with the GNU fileutils, so it's on the Power Tools
There are lots of advantages to
One big advantage of hard links is that they don't use any disk space.
The bigger the file, the more space you save with a link.
A symbolic link always takes some disk space, so a hard link might be better
(unless you have to link across filesystems so hard links can't be used).
Some people don't use links because they think all links to a file need to
have the same name.
That's not true.
A link can be named myfile
in one directory and file.allan
another directory-UNIX keeps it all straight.