Symbolic links are useful for storing things in a separate place from where they appear to be.

In computing, a symbolic link is a type of file that contains a reference to another file or directory. This affects pathname resolution.

How can I create one in elementary (both GUI/Terminal)?

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The latest version of Pantheon Files on freya allow you to drag and drop files by right-clicking on them.

When you drop it a contextual menu appears letting you copy it, move it, or create a link. To manually create it with the terminal, just follow Huey's steps.


To create a symbolic link from /home/huey/galactica to /usr/local/pegasus, meaning that the galactica directory in the home folder points to the pegasus folder:

ln -s /home/huey/galactica /usr/local/pegasus

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