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Tip: creating symlinks to another folder

Posted 09-01-2013 at 07:46 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
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The syntax of "ln" requires full path information of the "source" file. Therefore, if you issue something like "for file in *.foo ; do ln -s ./$file /other-folder/somewhere/$(echo $file | sed s/foo/bar/) ; done", the produced symlinks will be empty.

To avoid that, the command must be:

for file in *.foo ; do ln -s $PWD/$file /other-folder/somewhere/$(echo $file | sed 's/foo/bar/') ; done

$PWD, the environment variable of the...
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Batch-fixing symlink targets

Posted 08-28-2010 at 06:08 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)
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Sometimes you move the folder to which lots of symlinks were pointing, or something to that effect, and you want to simply "edit" these symlinks rather than recreating them pointing the correct new location. That's how it can be done with one line:

Code:
find /place-where-the-null-symlinks are/ -type l | while read nullsymlink ; 
do wrongpath=$(readlink "$nullsymlink") ; 
right=$(echo "$wrongpath" | sed s'|/whatever/is/the/old-wrong/path|/correct-new/path|')
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