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Find broken symlinks

Terminal - Find broken symlinks
find -L . -type l
2011-04-08 07:52:28
User: depesz
Functions: find
Find broken symlinks


There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type l -xtype l
2012-05-15 08:24:47
Functions: find
Tags: find symlinks

This is much safer than using -L, because it will not follow links that point to places outside the target directory subtree (CWD, in this case). See here for explanation: http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/38691/9382

find /path/to/search -xtype l
2012-09-29 13:40:26
User: pooryorick
Functions: find

To understand why this is the equivalent of "find -L /path/to/search -type l, see http://ynform.org/w/Pub/FindBrokenSymbolicLinks or look at http://www.gnu.org/software/findutils/manual/html_mono/find.html

find . -type l | xargs file | grep broken

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Comment by flatcap 241 weeks and 6 days ago

I found an old better alternative as well:


The "find -L" solution will follow valid links and possibly search huge directories elsewhere making the search slow. Solution 954 works well by just searching the desired directory structure and just reporting the broken links within that.

Comment by quadcore 241 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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