RELINK a lot of broken symlinks - FIX broken symlinks after rsync site to new server

find /PATHNAME -type l | while read nullsymlink ; do wrongpath=$(readlink "$nullsymlink") ; right=$(echo "$wrongpath" | sed s'|OLD_STRING|NEW_STRING|') ; ln -fs "$right" "$nullsymlink" ; done
After you run this script, you can check status for broken symlink with this command: find -L . -type l

What Others Think

OK, there's one quick simplification you can make. Combine 'wrongpath' and 'right': find /PATHNAME -type l | while read nullsymlink; do right=$(readlink "$nullsymlink" | sed s'|OLD_STRING|NEW_STRING|'); ln -fs "$right" "$nullsymlink"; done That's adequate, but for real commandlinefu, how about: find -L . -type l -printf "ln -sf %l %h/%f\n" | sed 's/OLD/NEW/' | sh find all broken links generate a command from the link target %l (letter L) and the path/filename %h/%f then use sed to modify the broken target then pipe it into sh to execute it.
flatcap · 347 weeks and 1 day ago
it seems all right I'll try it someday. ;) thx
iDudo · 346 weeks and 1 day ago
great that i found this forum. People here are great. Learned alot. Keep posting more grey kitchen cabinets
Killersmile · 36 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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