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Symbolic link problem

From: NEWPORT Dennis
Subject: Symbolic link problem
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 15:54:06 +0100

This seems peculiar behaviour to me:

mkdir targ
ln -s targ src
ll -rt
drwxr-xr-x  2 cwbspr2 wbspr2   4096 Dec  6 15:49 targ
lrwxrwxrwx  1 cwbspr2 wbspr2      4 Dec  6 15:49 src -> targ

That's as expected but then if you try and create the symlink again you
get the following:

ln -s targ src

ll targ/
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx  1 cwbspr2 wbspr2 4 Dec  6 15:50 targ -> targ

i.e. inside the targ directory you get a targ symlink to targ. 

This surely isn't the expected behaviour. Can anyone explain this ?


Dennis Newport

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