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Old 03-08-2002
Question Differences between hard link and soft link

Hi all!
I'd like to know the differences between hard links and soft links. I've already read the ln manpage, but i'm not quite sure of what i understood.
Does a hard link sort of copy the file to a new name, give it the same inode number and same rights?
What exactly should I do to do this:
I'm replacing the /usr/bin/passwd by /usr/bin/npasswd on over 400 servers. I did a ls -li on /usr/bin/passwd and came up with 5 same inodes, on of 'em being /usr/bin/chfn.
I read the man page on chfn, it's a hard link to passwd.
After moving /usr/bin/chfn to chfn.old, is this syntax correct ( for a hard link?):
$ ln /usr/bin/npasswd /usr/bin/chfn

Thanx for the help....

Smilie Smilie Smilie

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 11-09-2010 at 08:31 AM.. Reason: added code tags
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Old 03-08-2002
This was answered in lots of detail before. A simple keywords search will easily find the discussion.


Please take the time to do keyword searches BEFORE asking questions....
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Old 03-08-2002
Thanx Neo...

Thanx, it's just that i didn't thimk of the + on the keyword search...
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Old 03-08-2002
BTW, the "+" was added by the forum search software... all you have to do is put in keywords with spaces when searching.

I used:

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