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  • How to unlink/delete a symbolic in Linux

    In my earlier post I had shown you in detail the steps to create a soft link and hard link in Linux. If you have missed it you can read about the same in below link
    How to create Soft Link (Symlink) and Hard Link in Linux

    In this post I will show you simple steps to unlink the symlink

    Suppose you have a link as shown below
    # ls -l
    drwxr-xr-x.  2 root root  4096 Sep 12 13:55 Desktop
    lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root     7 Jan 10 23:34
    shortcut -> Desktop

    Here shortcut is a symlink for Desktop

    Method 1
    NOTE: Always remember you have to remove the shortcut link which is created and not the original directory.
    # rm shortcut

    NOTE: symlink is the one which you will see in blue colour

    Method 2
    # unlink shortcut/
    unlink: cannot unlink `shortcut/': Not a directory

    Why am I getting this error?

    It is because there is a forward slash at the end of the link which should not be there as it is a link and not a directory so you need to specify only the link which has to be removed/deleted.

    Let us try again
    # unlink shortcut

    How to unlink/delete a symbolic in Linux How to unlink/delete a symbolic in Linux Reviewed by admin on Friday, January 10, 2014 Rating: 5

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