Just curious: why is /usr/bin/python not a symlink?

HoneyMonster someone at someplace.invalid
Thu Feb 23 20:11:16 CET 2012


$ cd /usr/bin
$ ls -l python*
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 9496 Oct 27 02:42 python
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    6 Oct 29 19:34 python2 -> python
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 9496 Oct 27 02:42 python2.7
$ diff -s  python python2.7
Files python and python2.7 are identical
$ 

I'm just curious: Why two identical files rather than a symlink?




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