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LN(1)                                 FSF                                LN(1)



NAME
       ln - make links between files

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

DESCRIPTION
       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
       exist.

       --backup[=CONTROL]
              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

       --target-directory=DIRECTORY
              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)

       --version
              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

AUTHOR
       Written by Mike Parker and David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-fileutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       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
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       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-
       mand

              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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