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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       ln - make links between files

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       Create  a  link	to  the  specified TARGET with optional LINK_NAME.  If
       LINK_NAME is omitted, a link with the same basename as  the  TARGET  is
       created in the current directory.  When using the second form with more
       than one TARGET, the last argument must be a directory;	 create  links
       in  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

       -b     like --backup but does not accept an argument

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

       -f, --force
	      remove existing destination files

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

       -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 which to create the links

       -v, --verbose
	      print name of each file before linking

       --help display this help and exit

	      output version information and exit

       The  backup  suffix  is	`~',  unless  set  with   --suffix   or   SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.
   The version 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 --backup is given)

       numbered, t
	      make numbered backups

       existing, nil
	      numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
	      always make simple backups

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Written by Mike Parker and David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

COPYRIGHT    [Toc]    [Back]

       Copyright (C) 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

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       The  full  documentation  for ln is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info and ln programs are properly installed at your site, the  command

	      info ln

       should give you access to the complete manual.

ln (fileutils) 4.1		  March 2002				 LN(1)
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