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Old 10-02-2008, 01:43 PM   #1
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Listing hard and soft links to a file!

I have the following text after the url for explaining how we can list hard and soft links to a file. If anyone can share his knowledge on this subject, I will be happy to know about that. For more information about hard and soft links you can see at the following url


How can we list all of the hard links or soft links to a particular file?

List Hard Links

You can list all of the hard links to a file 'file1' by using the following command

root@xyz# find [directory to search] -samefile [file name (which can be any hard link) as argument]

for example

root@xyz# find / -samefile file1


root@xyz# find . -samefile file1

You can also use the inode number for searching the hard links to it

for example

root@xyz# find . -inum [inode number]

You can find the inode number of a file by using the following command

root@xyz# ls -i

List Soft Links

You can list the soft links to a file using the following command

root@xyz# find -lname file1

It is better to put a * as prefix in the file name like below

root@xyz# find -lname "*file1"

Because we have not mentioned the directory where the search should be made so the search will be made in the current directory. We can mention the directory where the search should be made in the following way

root@xyz# find . -lname "*file1"


root@xyz# find / -lname "*file1"

Last edited by muasif80; 10-02-2008 at 01:48 PM. Reason: Changing the title of the post
Old 10-04-2008, 11:10 PM   #2
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If I understand what you are will just need to add "> filename" to the end of any of those commands(without the qoutes) and all of the output will be sent to the file called filename

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