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[ale] Can LN Erase Data?
Jim has most of it.
Just wanted to mention the initial "ln" without a "-s" would have failed
completely because hard links can only exist within a filesystem as they
reference the same inode. One of the reasons for symbolic links (the
"-s" option) was to get around this limitation. It is unlikely your
first ln command caused any issue. What Jim writes about the second
command is more likely the cause.
From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of Jim
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 8:39 AM
To: ale at ale.org
Subject: Re: [ale] Can LN Erase Data?
Fresh install of F10 creates a download, documents and Music folder. So
if you linked some other folder to the existing Documents, the existing
contents are now hidden but not deleted.
So you now have /media/DATA/Documents obscuring your view of the
But a third read (before coffee) suggests you were trying to link FROM
the /hom/marc TO /media/DATA
you got the ln command params backwards. It should be ln <source> <link
So unlink the mess you have (man unlink) and ln ~/Documents /media/DATA/
2008/12/20 Marc Ferguson <marcferguson at gmail.com>
I would like to know if the "ln" command can erase data? I did a fresh
install of Fedora 10 and I wanted to link my "download", "documents",
"music", etc folders in my /home directory to my second partition. I
forgot about symbolic links and I did this first:
$ ln /media/DATA/Documents /home/marc/
It gave me a particular message, I forget what it was... it didn't seem
threatening at the time. I saw that it didn't work so I did the
symbolic link and that worked fine.
$ ln -s /media/DATA/Documents /home/marc
So; that worked, but when I opened the documents folder all the files in
there were gone. Did I do something wrong?
"..Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to
"When life gives me lemons... I make Linuxaide!" -Marc F.
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