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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for ln (redhat section 1)

LN(1)					       FSF					    LN(1)

NAME
       ln - make links between files

SYNOPSIS
       ln [OPTION]... TARGET [LINK_NAME]
       ln [OPTION]... TARGET... DIRECTORY
       ln [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY TARGET...

DESCRIPTION
       Create a link to the specified TARGET with optional LINK_NAME.  If LINK_NAME is omitted, a
       link with the same basename as the TARGET is created in the current directory.  When using
       the  second form with more than one TARGET, the last argument must be a directory;  create
       links in DIRECTORY to each TARGET.  Create hard links  by  default,  symbolic  links  with
       --symbolic.  When creating hard links, each TARGET must exist.

       Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

       --backup[=CONTROL]
	      make a backup of each existing destination file

       -b     like --backup but does not accept an argument

       -d, -F, --directory
	      hard link directories (super-user only)

       -f, --force
	      remove existing destination files

       -n, --no-dereference
	      treat destination that is a symlink to a directory as if it were a normal file

       -i, --interactive
	      prompt whether to remove destinations

       -s, --symbolic
	      make symbolic links instead of hard links

       -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
	      override the usual backup suffix

       --target-directory=DIRECTORY
	      specify the DIRECTORY in which to create the links

       -v, --verbose
	      print name of each file before linking

       --help display this help and exit

       --version
	      output version information and exit

       The  backup  suffix is `~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.  The version
       control method may be selected via the --backup	option	or  through  the  VERSION_CONTROL
       environment variable.  Here are the values:

       none, off
	      never make backups (even if --backup is given)

       numbered, t
	      make numbered backups

       existing, nil
	      numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
	      always make simple backups

AUTHOR
       Written by Mike Parker and David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This  is  free software; see the source for copying conditions.	There is NO warranty; not
       even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       The full documentation for ln is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and ln  pro-
       grams are properly installed at your site, the command

	      info ln

       should give you access to the complete manual.

ln (coreutils) 4.5.3			  February 2003 				    LN(1)


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