SYMLINKSection: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
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NAMEsymlink - make a new name for a file
int symlink(const char *oldpath, const char *newpath);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
DESCRIPTIONsymlink() creates a symbolic link named newpath which contains the string oldpath.
Symbolic links are interpreted at run time as if the contents of the link had been substituted into the path being followed to find a file or directory.
Symbolic links may contain .. path components, which (if used at the start of the link) refer to the parent directories of that in which the link resides.
A symbolic link (also known as a soft link) may point to an existing file or to a nonexistent one; the latter case is known as a dangling link.
The permissions of a symbolic link are irrelevant; the ownership is ignored when following the link, but is checked when removal or renaming of the link is requested and the link is in a directory with the sticky bit (S_ISVTX) set.
RETURN VALUEOn success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
- Write access to the directory containing newpath is denied, or one of the directories in the path prefix of newpath did not allow search permission. (See also path_resolution(7).)
- newpath already exists.
- oldpath or newpath points outside your accessible address space.
- An I/O error occurred.
- Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving newpath.
- oldpath or newpath was too long.
- A directory component in newpath does not exist or is a dangling symbolic link, or oldpath is the empty string.
- Insufficient kernel memory was available.
- The device containing the file has no room for the new directory entry.
- A component used as a directory in newpath is not, in fact, a directory.
- The file system containing newpath does not support the creation of symbolic links.
- newpath is on a read-only file system.
CONFORMING TOSVr4, 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.
NOTESNo checking of oldpath is done.
Deleting the name referred to by a symlink will actually delete the file (unless it also has other hard links). If this behavior is not desired, use link(2).
SEE ALSOln(1), lchown(2), link(2), lstat(2), open(2), readlink(2), rename(2), symlinkat(2), unlink(2), path_resolution(7), symlink(7)
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