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LPIC-1/CompTIA Linux+™ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Robb Tracy

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Working with Link Files

As we discussed earlier in this chapter, the Linux file system supports a file type called a link file. Link files don’t contain content in the way that regular files do. Instead, they are redirectors that point you to a different file or directory in the file system. On Linux you can create two different types of link files:

Hard A hard link is a file that points directly to the inode of another file. An inode stores basic information about a file in the Linux file system, including its size, device, owner, and permissions. Because the two files use the same inode, you can’t actually tell which file is the pointer and which is the pointee after the hard link is created. It is as if the two files were the same file, ...

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