Symbolic vs hard links

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Last Updated: 2022-05-26

The difference is that a symbolic (aka "soft" link will no longer work if you delete the original. However a hard link is a mirror copy of the original file. It survives if you delete the original.

# To create a hard link, give `ln` the default (no -s flag)
$ ln source.file hardlink.file

# To create a symbolic link use the `-s` flags
$ ln -s sourcelfile softlink.file

Other differences: