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Old 02-04-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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Link count


Hi

Can someone explain to me what a link count is and how it works?
 
Old 02-04-2009, 09:19 AM   #2
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Could you describe the context a little more please?

I assume you talk about hard links on the filesystem (the one you see when you type ls -l) for now, but I really don't know.
so, if you are talking about links on the filesystem, a hard link count is the number of links to a file and it is incremented when a link is made and decremented when a link is removed.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 09:23 AM   #3
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here in my papers it says: for each file and directory there exist a link count.
 
Old 02-04-2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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Indeed, a file link is a basically a file name. A file can have several names everywhere in the directory tree.
The same goes for directories.
If you create a file and give it 2 names, it has 2 links. When you remove one link, the file is still there. when you remove all links, the file is deleted. The link count is the number of names a file has.
You can create a link with the 'ln' command.
 
  


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