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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for symlinks (redhat section 8)

SYMLINKS(8)			     System Manager's Manual			      SYMLINKS(8)

       symlinks - symbolic link maintenance utility

       symlinks [ -cdrstv ] dirlist

       symlinks is a useful utility for maintainers of FTP sites, CDROMs, and Linux software dis-
       tributions.  It scans directories for symbolic links  and  lists  them  on  stdout,  often
       revealing flaws in the filesystem tree.

       Each link is output with a classification of relative, absolute, dangling, messy, lengthy,
       or other_fs.

       relative links are those expressed as paths relative to the directory in which  the  links
       reside, usually independent of the mount point of the filesystem.

       absolute links are those given as an absolute path from the root directory as indicated by
       a leading slash (/).

       dangling links are those for which the target of the link does not currently exist.   This
       commonly  occurs for absolute links when a filesystem is mounted at other than its custom-
       ary mount point (such as when the normal root filesystem is mounted at /mnt after  booting
       from alternative media).

       messy  links  are  links which contain unnecessary slashes or dots in the path.	These are
       cleaned up as well when -c is specified.

       lengthy links are links which use "../" more than necessary in the path (eg.   /bin/vi  ->
       ../bin/vim)  These are only detected when -s is specified, and are only cleaned up when -c
       is also specified.

       other_fs are those links whose target currently resides on  a  different  filesystem  from
       where symlinks was run (most useful with -r ).

       -c     convert  absolute  links (within the same filesystem) to relative links.	This per-
	      mits links to maintain their validity regardless of the mount point  used  for  the
	      filesystem  --  a desirable setup in most cases.	This option also causes any messy
	      links to be cleaned up, and, if -s was also specified, then lengthy links are  also
	      shortened.  Links affected by -c are prefixed with changed in the output.

       -d     causes dangling links to be removed.

       -r     recursively operate on subdirectories within the same filesystem.

       -s     causes lengthy links to be detected.

       -t     is used to test for what symlinks would do if -c were specified, but without really
	      changing anything.

       -v     show all symbolic links.	By default, relative links are not  shown  unless  -v  is

       symlinks does not recurse or change links across filesystems.

       symlinks has been written by Mark Lord <mlord@bnr.ca>, the developer and maintainer of the
       IDE Performance Package for linux.


Version 1.2				  November 1994 			      SYMLINKS(8)

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