A symbolic link, also termed a soft link, is a special kind of file that points to another file, much like a shortcut in Windows or a Macintosh alias. Resources
How to create a symbolic link
To create a symbolic link pass the
-s option to the
ln command followed by the target file and the name of link. In the following example a file is symlinked into the
ln -s ~/code/notes/notes ~/bin/notes ls -l ~/bin/ | grep notes lrwxrwxrwx 1 george users 29 Oct 7 10:07 notes -> /home/george/code/notes/notes
--symlink-install so that we don’t have to rebuild every single time.
What is actually happening under the hood?
Question is important to ask, because I see some weird behavior with pure python packages,
Getting the real path
To get the actual path to the file, it seems that there are multiple ways to do this.
readlink -f symlink_file
I saw that at NVIDIA, we do
realpathisn’t available on all flavors of linux