Just curious: why is /usr/bin/python not a symlink?
roy at panix.com
Fri Feb 24 14:17:25 CET 2012
In article <ji7fbd$drj$1 at r03.glglgl.gl>,
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> Not only that, [hard and symbolic links] have slightly different
This is true, but only for very large values of "slightly".
Symlinks, for example, can cross file system boundaries (including NFS
mount points). Symlinks can refer to locations that don't exist! For
~$ ln -s foobar foo
~$ ls -l foo
lrwxr-xr-x 1 roy staff 6 Feb 24 08:15 foo -> foobar
~$ cat foo
cat: foo: No such file or directory
Symlinks can be chained (i.e. a symlink points to someplace which in
turn is another symlink). They're really very different beasts.
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