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Find all the links to a file

Terminal - Find all the links to a file
find -L / -samefile /path/to/file -exec ls -ld {} +
2011-04-27 06:14:15
User: eightmillion
Functions: find ls
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Find all the links to a file

This command finds and prints all the symbolic and hard links to a file. Note that the file argument itself be a link and it will find the original file as well.

You can also do this with the inode number for a file or directory by first using stat or ls or some other tool to get the number like so:

stat -Lc %i file

or

ls -Hid file

And then using:

find -L / -inum INODE_NUMBER -exec ls -ld {} +

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'find' has a -ls option, which will print the results in 'ls -dils'

Comment by RanyAlbeg 186 weeks and 3 days ago

I'm aware of that. I'm using -exec here because ls shows where symlinks point. -ls doesn't.

Comment by eightmillion 186 weeks and 3 days ago

I didn't know about "-exec _command_ {} +" instead of "-exec _command_ {} \;" Good to know.

Comment by Mozai 186 weeks ago

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