Create a symbolic link (symlink):
ln - create link between files (hard link)
ln -s - create symbolic link instead of hard link
Proof of concept:
ln -s SOURCE DESTINATION
Here is an example where the directory named as test-directory (the source in this example) it is used to create a soft link to the destination directory named symlink.
SOURCE = /home/username/Desktop/test-directory DESTINATION = /home/username/Desktop/symlink /*username in this example is georgerdp-gtx */ //You can inspect the directories with ls -a ( ls -a " ls - list directory contents" , "-a - all") //You can inspect the directories with ls -s (" -s - see the size of each file in the directory) //1. In the terminal we can see that symlink and test-directory located on home Desktop are both empty. // we use ~ instead of /home/username (~ = tilde is the shortcut for user home directory but has other use cases also) //Terminal command: ***@***:~/$ ls -s ~/Desktop/test-directory ~/Desktop/symlink // Terminal output: /home/georgerdp-gtx/Desktop/symlink: total 0 /home/georgerdp-gtx/Desktop/test-directory: total 0 //2. In the next step we use ln -s with the SOURCE directory and DESTINATION directory // to create the soft link //Terminal command: ***@***:~/$ ln -s ~/Desktop/test-directory ~/Desktop/symlink //3. On the last step we use ls -s again to inspect the directory and content //Terminal command: ***@***:~/$ ls -a ~/Desktop/test-directory ~/Desktop/symlink // Terminal output: /home/georgerdp-gtx/Desktop/symlink: . .. test-directory //symlink directory located on home Desktop has now the soft link /home/georgerdp-gtx/Desktop/test-directory: . ..
Now if you check the properties of test-directory located on deskop you wll see that the type is Type: Folder (inode/directory) while
the test-directory located in symlink is of type Link to Folder (inode/directory)