Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: October 2008
symlinks - symbolic link maintenance utility
is a useful utility for maintainers of FTP sites, CDROMs,
and Linux software distributions.
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
links are those expressed as paths relative to the directory in which
the links reside, usually independent of the mount point of the filesystem.
links are those given as an absolute path from the root directory
as indicated by a leading slash (/).
links are those for which the target of the link does not currently exist.
This commonly occurs for
links when a filesystem is mounted at other than its
customary mount point (such as when the normal root filesystem is
mounted at /mnt after booting from alternative media).
links are links which contain unnecessary slashes or dots in the path.
These are cleaned up as well when
links are links which use "../" more than necessary in the path
(eg. /bin/vi -> ../bin/vim)
These are only detected when
is specified, and are only cleaned up when
is also specified.
are those links whose target currently resides on a different filesystem
from where symlinks was run (most useful with
convert absolute links (within the same filesystem) to relative links.
This permits 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
links to be cleaned up, and, if
was also specified, then
links are also shortened.
Links affected by
are prefixed with
in the output.
links to be removed.
fix links on other filesystems encountered while recursing.
Normally, other filesystems encountered are not modified by symlinks.
recursively operate on subdirectories within the same filesystem.
links to be detected.
is used to test for what
would do if
were specified, but without really changing anything.
show all symbolic links. By default,
links are not shown unless
does not recurse or change links across filesystems.
has been written by Mark Lord <email@example.com
>, the original developer and maintainer
of the IDE Performance Package for linux, the Linux IDE Driver subsystem, hdparm, and a current day libata hacker.