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Old 04-05-2002, 09:15 PM   #1
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symbolic links


Where are symbolic links stored? How can I determine what links exist and how can I remove unwanted symbolic links?

I am using Mandrake 8.1 if it makes any difference. Also, I am pretty new at this game so the simpler the explanation the greater the possibility I might understand it.

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Old 04-05-2002, 09:23 PM   #2
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stored? symlinks aren't "stored" anywhere, they are a special type of file that simply points to another file. you can remove unwanted ones with a normal rm command like any otehr file.
 
Old 04-05-2002, 09:43 PM   #3
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I guess I am not making myself clear. I created (I think) a symbolic link that does not seem to work. I assume it exists somewhere out there in linux land. I would like to examine it, and possibly remove it, but I don't know how to view a file, no less remove it, without knowing its name or where it resides.

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Old 04-06-2002, 03:18 AM   #4
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How did you create the link? Where did you create it? A link that doesn't work won't hurt anything. You can just leave it if you can't find it. It just takes up a little space.
 
Old 04-06-2002, 02:52 PM   #5
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Here’s the Deal. I downloaded xsane-0.84, from http://www.mostang.com/sane/. The sane-1.0.7 libraries on my box are in “/usr/local/lib” and I guess those are the backends in “/usr/local/lib/sane/”. In order for xsane to locate them the instructions say to add the path “/usr/local/lib” to /etc/ld.so.conf and call “ldconfig”. I did this with no success.

Finally, the instructions state” If all that does not help, make sure that ‘/usr/local/lib/libsane.so.’ are symbolic links to ‘/usr/local/lib/sane/libsane-dll.so.*’ or’ ./sane/libsane-dll.so.*” When I did this I got a message saying something like,”when making multiple links the last item in the link must be a directory. So I made the link again and this time left off the “libsane-dll.so.*” from the second argument. To the best of my knowledge, a link was created but xsane still cannot locate the sane libraries.

So all that being said, I would like to know; 1. If I have a link; 2. Is it going to the right place; and 3. if not can I kill it and try again? If it is a file, I should be able to see it and remove it, but there was no indication when I ran the “ln” command what the file name would be or what directory it would be put in or for that matter if it was even successfully created.
 
Old 04-06-2002, 05:16 PM   #6
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ok do as root, I suppose (mandy is bitching about files ownerships and stuff)
ls -l /usr/local/lib/libsane.so
if it shows you
lrwxrwxrwx ......./usr/local/lib/libsane.so->/usr/local/lib/sane/libsane-dll.so.x
or such you are ok (x is for number), if not, there might be libsane-dll.so.1,libsane-dll.so.2 and so on on the system, then make a symlink to point to one of them not all (can't do it, that's probably why you have this error message) to remove it
just do
rm /usr/local/lib/libsane.so

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