Sym links and hard links
I was reading about symbolic links and hard links. I'm a little confused about hard links.
Let's say I have a file ~/downloads/gaim.tgz and I make a hard link in ~/
Now, the file ~/gaim.tgz is a hard link that has the same inode number as the original file.
The confusion is that will ~/gaim.tgz actually occupy any space on my disk? Or does it report a size of 4MB because it is linked to the original by the inode number?
In other words, the link is just a reflection of the original, so it "appears" to occupy space, right?