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-<p>Links are pointers between files. With links, you can have files exist in many
-locations and be accessible by many names. There are two types of links: hard and
-soft.</p>
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-<p>Hard links are names for a particular file. They can only exist within a single
-filesystem and are only removed when the real name is removed from the system. These are
-useful in some cases, but many users find the soft link to be more versatile.</p>
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-<p>The soft link, also called a symbolic link, can point to a file outside of its
-filesystem. It is actually a small file containing the information it needs. You can add
-and remove soft links without affecting the actual file. And since a symbolic link is
-actually a small file containing its own information, they can even point at a directory.
-It's rather common to have <tt class="FILENAME">/var/tmp</tt> actually be a symbolic link
-to <tt class="FILENAME">/tmp</tt> for example.</p>
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-<p>Links do not have their own set of permissions or ownerships, but instead reflect
-those of the file they point to. Slackware uses mostly soft links. Here is a common
-example:</p>
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-<samp class="PROMPT">%</samp> <kbd class="USERINPUT">ls -l /bin/sh</kbd>
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-<p>The <tt class="COMMAND">sh</tt> shell under Slackware is actually <tt
-class="COMMAND">bash</tt>. Removing links is done using <tt class="COMMAND">rm</tt>. The
-<tt class="COMMAND">ln</tt> command is used to create links. These commands will be
-discussed in more depth in <a href="file-commands.html">Chapter 10</a>.</p>
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-<p>It's very important to be careful about symlinks in particular. Once, I was working on
-a machine that was consistently failing to back-up to tape each night. Two symlinks had
-been made to directories beneath each other. The back-up software kept appending those
-same directories to the tape until it was out of space. Normally, a set of checks will
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