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Old 02-07-2005, 09:17 PM   #1
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symbolic link in /lib

Hi all,
I would like to ask why there are lot of symbolic link in the /lib directory?
Why dont we just use the desired hard link library?

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 19 Sep 18 15:15 -> libns
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 51K Mar 13 2003
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 21 Sep 18 15:15 -> lib
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 20K Mar 13 2003
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 Sep 18 15:15 -> li
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1.8M Jan 25 2003
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Sep 18 15:19 -> libn
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 42K Mar 13 2003
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 51K Mar 13 2003
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 23 Sep 18 15:15 -> l

Old 02-07-2005, 09:28 PM   #2
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Just a guess, but probably because you'd have to delete 'both' libraries and then install 'two' libraries and make sure you got it right. (On a library upgrade I mean.) With symlinks, you just switch the 'real' one and the symlink still applies. Not really sure though. Hard links can't (or couldn't - not sure if it's still true) span filesystems either - doesn't apply to /lib but that'd be a good reason to use symlinks elsewhere.

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