I admit I am new to linux in general but I have a question that is puzzling me about the creation of symbolic links. I have installed Debian 4.0r0 'etch' on a IBM R40 laptop that I have and I am currently running Iceweasel 220.127.116.11. I was trying to install java 1.5.0 and I was looking at the following site:
and noticed that the creator was creating a symbolic link. He gives a brief description as to where he is pointing to but I am still perplexed as why he created it and how did he know to create that particular link. I realize that is bacically a shortcut but I guess I am confused as to why he created a link from Sun's Java
plugin to Firefox's plugin dir. Is there a log that I am missing that tells me the directories can not see each other and that I need to link them?
Can someone elaborate more on when I would use a symbolic link and how do I know what directory I need to link to and maybe what file (does a file have to end in a certain extension or do I create a link to an entire directory everytime?). I have read the readme.txt file that came with the java download and didn't see anything that explained that I would need a link from one directory to another to make the plugin work.
I might mention that I use the Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible as my guide to try and understand some of the features of linux along with my best friend google, but maybe I am not looking at the correct pages in the book or webpages. Also I have looked at the similar threads relating to his article but most are on syntax and issues and not when would I create a link and how do I know what directories/files I need to link to.