Symbolic Link

samwyse dejanews at
Mon Sep 10 03:48:45 CEST 2007

mosscliffe wrote:
> On 22 Aug, 00:05, Ian Clark <icl... at> wrote:
>>>On Aug 19, 4:29 pm,mosscliffe< at> wrote:
>>>>The source file is in an area which python can see, but not the
>>>>browser.  I am trying to make a link in a browser friendly area so I
>>>>can use it to display an image file.
>>My question would be why a symbolic link? Why not a hard link? Are the
>>two directories on different mount points? After the script finishes
>>does python need to see that image file again? Why not just move it?
> I have tested a hard link now and it seems to work fine.  I am
> deleting the link/s at the end of the session/s.

This is a bit late, but the reason the symbolic link won't work is 
because it's the web-server that's resolving it.  The browser can only 
see things that the web-server, huh, serves, so what was meant in the 
first paragraph above was that the web server couldn't access the file 
in its original location.  If you create a sym-link, the web server 
opens the link, finds out the actual location of the file, and tries to 
open that file, which it still can't do.  A hard-link, OTOH, allows 
direct access to the contents of a file, as long as it is on the same 
filesystem.  No extra steps are required, so the process runs a few 
microseconds faster, and directory-level permissions can't get in the way.

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