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
# rm shortcut
# 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
Now the command ran without any error. The same can be verified using “ls -l”