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find broken symbolic links

Terminal - find broken symbolic links
find -L . -type l
2010-07-23 06:32:41
User: jianingy
Functions: find
find broken symbolic links

== remove broken links ==

find -L . -type l -exec rm -rf {} \;

== how this work ==

"symbolic link; this is never true if the -L option or the -follow option is in effect, unless the symbolic link is broken. If you want to search for symbolic links when -L is in effect, use -xtype." -- manpage of find.


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To delete:

find -L . -type l -delete
Comment by hfs 271 weeks and 4 days ago

Nice trick. It is a suprise that this works even if there are symlinks that point to other symlinks, because the man page of find doesn't explicitly document whether it follows the link once or until it gets to a non-symlink file.

I tested that find indeed follows links recursively, so symlinks to symlinks won't get reported as broken links. It even detects and complains about loops.

Comment by wipu 203 weeks and 3 days ago

The man pages call these orphan or orphaned links. Adding those terms so I can find it next time instead of developing it independently again. ;-)

Comment by dennisfaust 180 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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