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LINK(2) 							System Calls Manual							   LINK(2)

NAME
link - make a hard link to a file SYNOPSIS
link(name1, name2) char *name1, *name2; DESCRIPTION
A hard link to name1 is created; the link has the name name2. Name1 must exist. With hard links, both name1 and name2 must be in the same file system. Unless the caller is the super-user, name1 must not be a directory. Both the old and the new link share equal access and rights to the underlying object. RETURN VALUE
Upon successful completion, a value of 0 is returned. Otherwise, a value of -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error. ERRORS
Link will fail and no link will be created if one or more of the following are true: [ENOTDIR] A component of either path prefix is not a directory. [EINVAL] Either pathname contains a character with the high-order bit set. [ENAMETOOLONG] A component of either pathname exceeded 255 characters, or entire length of either path name exceeded 1023 characters. [ENOENT] A component of either path prefix does not exist. [EACCES] A component of either path prefix denies search permission. [EACCES] The requested link requires writing in a directory with a mode that denies write permission. [ELOOP] Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating one of the pathnames. [ENOENT] The file named by name1 does not exist. [EEXIST] The link named by name2 does exist. [EPERM] The file named by name1 is a directory and the effective user ID is not super-user. [EXDEV] The link named by name2 and the file named by name1 are on different file systems. [ENOSPC] The directory in which the entry for the new link is being placed cannot be extended because there is no space left on the file system containing the directory. [EDQUOT] The directory in which the entry for the new link is being placed cannot be extended because the user's quota of disk blocks on the file system containing the directory has been exhausted. [EIO] An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to the file system to make the directory entry. [EROFS] The requested link requires writing in a directory on a read-only file system. [EFAULT] One of the pathnames specified is outside the process's allocated address space. SEE ALSO
symlink(2), unlink(2) 4th Berkeley Distribution August 26, 1985 LINK(2)

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SYMLINK(2)							System Calls Manual							SYMLINK(2)

NAME
symlink - make symbolic link to a file SYNOPSIS
symlink(name1, name2) char *name1, *name2; DESCRIPTION
A symbolic link name2 is created to name1 (name2 is the name of the file created, name1 is the string used in creating the symbolic link). Either name may be an arbitrary path name; the files need not be on the same file system. RETURN VALUE
Upon successful completion, a zero value is returned. If an error occurs, the error code is stored in errno and a -1 value is returned. ERRORS
The symbolic link is made unless on or more of the following are true: [ENOTDIR] A component of the name2 prefix is not a directory. [EINVAL] Either name1 or name2 contains a character with the high-order bit set. [ENAMETOOLONG] A component of either pathname exceeded 255 characters, or the entire length of either path name exceeded 1023 characters. [ENOENT] The named file does not exist. [EACCES] A component of the name2 path prefix denies search permission. [ELOOP] Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname. [EEXIST] Name2 already exists. [EIO] An I/O error occurred while making the directory entry for name2, or allocating the inode for name2, or writing out the link contents of name2. [EROFS] The file name2 would reside on a read-only file system. [ENOSPC] The directory in which the entry for the new symbolic link is being placed cannot be extended because there is no space left on the file system containing the directory. [ENOSPC] The new symbolic link cannot be created because there there is no space left on the file system that will contain the sym- bolic link. [ENOSPC] There are no free inodes on the file system on which the symbolic link is being created. [EDQUOT] The directory in which the entry for the new symbolic link is being placed cannot be extended because the user's quota of disk blocks on the file system containing the directory has been exhausted. [EDQUOT] The new symbolic link cannot be created because the user's quota of disk blocks on the file system that will contain the symbolic link has been exhausted. [EDQUOT] The user's quota of inodes on the file system on which the symbolic link is being created has been exhausted. [EIO] An I/O error occurred while making the directory entry or allocating the inode. [EFAULT] Name1 or name2 points outside the process's allocated address space. SEE ALSO
link(2), ln(1), unlink(2) 4.2 Berkeley Distribution August 26, 1985 SYMLINK(2)
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