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Old 10-06-2009
Symbolic Links

Hi all,

I have scoured the entire forum for this but to no avail unfortunately. Basically, I would like to remove my symbolic link from my folder name i.e.

foldername -> /a/b/c/d/f

where f is indeed a folder. I have tried rmdir but this does not work and in actual fact deletes the actual folder! i.e. rmdir /a/b/c/d/f

Also I would like to change the foldername owner and so I have used the following command:

chown -h -R userid:group foldername but still does not work

Can anyone help??

Thanks

CF

Last edited by cyberfrog; 10-06-2009 at 02:24 PM..
# 2  
Old 10-06-2009
A symlink is deleted like any other file regardless of what it points to. All you should have to do is:
Code:
# rm filename

If foldername is a symlink, changing ownership of it isn't going to do anything. You need to change ownership of the file or directory the symbolic link points to.
# 3  
Old 10-06-2009
Or you may use:
Code:
$ unlink filename

to remove the symbolic link.
# 4  
Old 10-07-2009
Hi,

I have tried rm foldername but it just deletes it and also the unlink command is not installed on my machine because it says: /usr/bin/ksh: unlink: not found

Any other options?
# 5  
Old 10-08-2009
You do the rm on the symbolic link. I would also make sure you don't have any aliases for rm that will follow the link. To do this simply execute the command unalias rm.
 

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