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Creates a symbolic link or overwrites an existing one

Terminal - Creates a symbolic link or overwrites an existing one
ln -nvfs /source /destination
2010-11-28 17:22:37
User: daniele
Functions: ln
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Creates a symbolic link or overwrites an existing one

-n: dereference the existing link

-v: (optional) to be sure of what is being done

-f: force the deletion of the existing one

-s: creates a symlink

Be careful: the destination can also be a file or a directory and it will be overwritten.

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Terminal - Alternatives
ln -nsf <TARGET> <LINK>
2011-07-14 14:07:06
User: rdc
Functions: ln
Tags: Linux symlinks
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Instead of deleting an existing symlink and then re-creating it pointing at the new location, it is possible to perform the same action with this one command.

Interesting discussion on whether this is possible to do atomically here: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=526119

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