ln - (BSD) make links
sourcename [ targetname]
sourcename2 [ sourcename3
A link is a directory entry referring to a file; the same file (together with
its size, all its protection information, etc.) may have several links to it.
There are two kinds of links: hard links and symbolic links.
By default ln
makes hard links. A hard link to a file is
indistinguishable from the original directory entry; any changes to a file are
effective independent of the name used to reference the file. Hard links may
not span file systems and may not refer to directories.
option causes ln
to create symbolic links. A symbolic link
contains the name of the file to which it is linked. The referenced file is
used when an open
(2) operation is performed on the link. A
(2) on a symbolic link will return the linked-to file; an
(2) must be done to obtain information about the link. The
(2) call may be used to read the contents of a symbolic link.
Symbolic links may span file systems and may refer to directories.
Given one or two arguments, ln
creates a link to an existing file
. If targetname
is given, the link has that name;
may also be a directory in which to place the link;
otherwise it is placed in the current directory. If only the directory is
specified, the link will be made to the last component of sourcename
Given more than two arguments, ln
makes links in targetdirectory
to all the named source files. The links made will have the same name as the
files being linked to.
If the -f
option is present, ln
tries to create hard links to
rm(1), cp(1), mv(1), link(2), readlink(2), stat(2), symlink(2)