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Old 12-06-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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How to remove folder redirection


When I do ls -l data for directory data, I see this
lrwxrwxrwx 1 1257 sftop 37 Apr 6 2005 data > /usr/test/softfac/

I am wondering what is data > /usr/test/softfac/ and how can I remove > /usr/test/softfac/ . When I try to access data directory through fileZilla, it get redirected somewhere else instead of showing it's content, I want to get rid of it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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data is a symlink to /usr/test/softfac/

you can remove it by 'rm data'
 
Old 12-06-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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When I do ls -l data for directory data, I see this
lrwxrwxrwx 1 1257 sftop 37 Apr 6 2005 data > /usr/test/softfac/

I am wondering what is data > /usr/test/softfac/ and how can I remove > /usr/test/softfac/ . When I try to access data directory through fileZilla, it get redirected somewhere else instead of showing it's content, I want to get rid of it.
Thanks
The reason you are "redirected" is because it is a symbolic link. In Windows term, this would kind of be like a shortcut. For example, if you click on a shortcut for Filezilla that is on your desktop, you will be "redirected" to the filezilla program.
 
Old 12-06-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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I am wondering what is data > /usr/test/softfac/ and how can I remove > /usr/test/softfac/ .
If you don't know what it is, why do you want to remove it? Since this is apparently your first post to LQ.org (welcome, BTW!) I would assume that you are a new Linux user. My advice to a new user would be to NOT remove things that you don't yet understand.
 
Old 12-06-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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If you don't know what it is, why do you want to remove it? Since this is apparently your first post to LQ.org (welcome, BTW!) I would assume that you are a new Linux user. My advice to a new user would be to NOT remove things that you don't yet understand.
I don't want to delete folder 'data', I just want to remove the system link to /usr/test/softfac. If someone can guide me how to remove the link, I would really appreciate it.
 
Old 12-06-2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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descendant_command gave you the exact command to do that in his post (the first reply in this thread).
 
Old 12-07-2013, 06:19 PM   #7
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You don't have a directory named data.
Your data directory is /usr/test/softfac (indirectly).

As said, to remove the symlink, without doing anything to /usr/test/softfac.
>> rm data

To put it back again after you discover that was the wrong thing to do.
>> ln -s /usr/test/softfac data

If you delete the directory /usr/test/softfac, the symlink data will be a broken link and will not work anymore. This cannot be easily fixed, unless you saved the /usr/test/softfac and put it back again.

Why it is setup this way is not obvious, but there usually was a reason.
You should first determine if the reason no longer applies.
It would probably be safer to just a different name than data for filezilla.
Alternatively rename the thing until you figure it out.
>> mv data data_softfac

Last edited by selfprogrammed; 12-07-2013 at 06:23 PM.
 
  


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