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

LN(1)									FSF								     LN(1)

ln - make links between files
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
Written by Mike Parker and David MacKenzie.
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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 PARTICU- LAR PURPOSE.
The full documentation for ln is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and ln programs are properly installed at your site, the com- mand info ln should give you access to the complete manual. ln (coreutils) 4.5.3 February 2003 LN(1)