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LN(1)                                 FSF                                LN(1)

       ln - make links between files

       ln [OPTION]... TARGET [LINK_NAME]
       ln [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY TARGET...

       Create  a  link(1,2)  to  the  specified TARGET with optional LINK_NAME.  If
       LINK_NAME is omitted, a link(1,2) with the same basename(1,3,3 File::Basename) as  the  TARGET  is
       created in(1,8) the current directory.  When using the second form with more
       than one TARGET, the last argument must be a directory;   create  links
       in(1,8)  DIRECTORY  to  each TARGET.  Create hard links by default, symbolic
       links with --symbolic.  When creating  hard  links,  each  TARGET  must

              make a backup of each existing destination file(1,n)

       -b     like --backup but does not accept(2,8) an argument

       -d, -F, --directory
              hard link(1,2) directories (super-user only)

       -f, --force
              remove existing destination files

       -n, --no-dereference
              treat destination that is a symlink to a directory as if(3,n) it were
              a normal file(1,n)

       -i, --interactive
              prompt whether to remove destinations

       -s, --symbolic
              make symbolic links instead of hard links

       -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
              override the usual backup suffix

              specify the DIRECTORY in(1,8) which to create the links

       -v, --verbose
              print name of each file(1,n) before linking

       --help display this help and exit(3,n,1 builtins)

              output version(1,3,5) information and exit(3,n,1 builtins)

       The  backup  suffix  is  `~',  unless  set(7,n,1 builtins)  with   --suffix   or   SIM-
       PLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.   The version(1,3,5) control method may be selected via the
       --backup option or through the  VERSION_CONTROL  environment  variable.
       Here are the values:

       none, off
              never make backups (even if(3,n) --backup is given)

       numbered, t
              make numbered backups

       existing, nil
              numbered if(3,n) numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
              always make simple backups

       Written by Mike Parker and David MacKenzie.

       Report bugs to <>.

       Copyright  2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR  A  PARTICULAR

       The  full  documentation  for ln is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info(1,5,n) and ln programs are properly installed at your site, the  com-

              info(1,5,n) ln

       should give you access(2,5) to the complete manual.

ln (fileutils) 4.1                April 2001                             LN(1)

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