How to change where a symlink points

  • Screenshot of terminal with symbolic link

    Can you tell me what this is in the area marked red?

    If I want to change /media/files/tb-prod/files to some other path, how would I do that?

    yea.. but i didnt know about symbolic link before thats why i added screenshot to someone help. and @michael homer answered me for that.

  • files is a symbolic link to /media/files/tb-prod/files. When you access files or anything inside it, you'll really access the path under /media. Symbolic links are made and updated using the ln command. This link could have been made with:

    ln -s /media/files/tb-prod/files files

    -s means to make a symbolic link. To update a link, either delete the link and create it as above, or use the -f option to ln as well. If you are linking to a folder, also include the -n option:

    ln -sfn /a/new/path files

    This will replace the link with a new one pointing at /a/new/path.

    Example how to delete the symlink would be good

    @AndrewAtkinson: you delete a symlink as if it's a normal file, with `rm /path/to/symlink`.

    I don't understand what the `-n` does, even after reading the man page. linking to symlinks of directories seems to work without it.. Anyone know?

    @naught101 It's not for linking to directories, it's for replacing links to directories instead of making a new link inside the directory.

    @MichaelHomer AHHH!! I HATE that default behaviour. `-n` is something I've been wanting for ages! Thank you for the clarification!

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