Show All Symbolic (Soft) Links

ls -l | grep ^l
Shows all linked file and destinations. The 'ls -l' command lists the files in long (1 file per line) format, and the grep command displays only those lines that starts with an l (lower case L) -- a linked file. Updated: Remove reference to hard links because this command does not apply to hard link as others kindly pointed out.
Sample Output
$ ll | grep ^l
lrwxrwxrwx  1    4 Aug 26  2008 awk -> gawk*
lrwxrwxrwx  1    3 Aug 26  2008 bsh -> ash*
lrwxrwxrwx  1    4 Aug 26  2008 csh -> tcsh*

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By: haivu
2009-04-02 17:47:36

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What Others Think

Does not show hard linked files
citybadger · 477 weeks and 3 days ago
Hard links are not a link file type. The are regular files. As such, your command will only show you soft, or symbolic links. echo foo > foo.txt ln foo.txt bar.txt ls -l bar.txt
atoponce · 477 weeks and 2 days ago

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