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LN(1)											    LN(1)

NAME
       ln - make links

SYNOPSIS
       ln [ -s ] sourcename [ targetname ]
       ln [ -s ] sourcename1 sourcename2 [ sourcename3 ... ] targetdirectory

DESCRIPTION
       A  link	is  a directory entry referring to a file; the same file (together with its size,
       all its protection information, etc.)  may have several links to it.  There are two  kinds
       of links: hard links and symbolic links.

       By default ln makes hard links.	A hard link to a file is indistinguishable from the orig-
       inal directory entry; any changes to a file are effective independent of the name used  to
       reference  the  file.   Hard links may not span file systems and may not refer to directo-
       ries.

       The -s option causes ln to create symbolic links.  A symbolic link contains  the  name  of
       the  file to which it is linked.  The referenced file is used when an open(2) operation is
       performed on the link.  A stat(2) on a symbolic link will return the  linked-to	file;  an
       lstat(2)  must  be done to obtain information about the link.  The readlink(2) call may be
       used to read the contents of a symbolic link.  Symbolic links may span  file  systems  and
       may refer to directories.

       Given  one or two arguments, ln creates a link to an existing file sourcename.  If target-
       name is given, the link has that name; targetname may also be  a  directory  in	which  to
       place the link; otherwise it is placed in the current directory.  If only the directory is
       specified, the link will be made to the last component of sourcename.

       Given more than two arguments, ln makes links in targetdirectory to all the  named  source
       files.  The links made will have the same name as the files being linked to.

SEE ALSO
       rm(1), cp(1), mv(1), link(2), readlink(2), stat(2), symlink(2)

4th Berkeley Distribution		  April 10, 1986				    LN(1)
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