symlink, symlinkat - make a new name for a file
#include <unistd.h> int symlink(const char *target, const char *linkpath); #include <fcntl.h> /* Definition of AT_* constants */ #include <unistd.h> int symlinkat(const char *target, int newdirfd, const char *linkpath);
Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
symlink() creates a symbolic link named
linkpath which contains the string
Symbolic links are interpreted at run time as if the contents of the link had been substituted into the path being followed to find a file or directory.
Symbolic links may contain
.. path components, which (if used at the start of the link) refer to the parent directories of that in which the link resides.
A symbolic link (also known as a soft link) may point to an existing file or to a nonexistent one; the latter case is known as a dangling link.
The permissions of a symbolic link are irrelevant; the ownership is ignored when following the link, but is checked when removal or renaming of the link is requested and the link is in a directory with the sticky bit (S_ISVTX) set.
linkpath exists, it will
not be overwritten.
If the pathname given in
linkpath is relative, then it is interpreted relative to the directory referred to by the file descriptor
newdirfd (rather than relative to the current working directory of the calling process, as is done by symlink() for a relative pathname).
linkpath is relative and
newdirfd is the special value AT_FDCWD, then
linkpath is interpreted relative to the current working directory of the calling process (like symlink()).
linkpath is absolute, then
newdirfd is ignored.
On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and
errno is set appropriately.
Write access to the directory containing
linkpath is denied, or one of the directories in the path prefix of
linkpath did not allow search permission. (See also path_resolution(7).)
The user's quota of resources on the filesystem has been exhausted. The resources could be inodes or disk blocks, depending on the filesystem implementation.
linkpath already exists.
linkpath points outside your accessible address space.
An I/O error occurred.
Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving
linkpath was too long.
A directory component in
linkpath does not exist or is a dangling symbolic link, or
linkpath is an empty string.
Insufficient kernel memory was available.
The device containing the file has no room for the new directory entry.
A component used as a directory in
linkpath is not, in fact, a directory.
The filesystem containing
linkpath does not support the creation of symbolic links.
linkpath is on a read-only filesystem.
The following additional errors can occur for symlinkat():
newdirfd is not a valid file descriptor.
linkpath is a relative pathname and
newdirfd refers to a directory that has been deleted.
linkpath is relative and
newdirfd is a file descriptor referring to a file other than a directory.
symlinkat() was added to Linux in kernel 2.6.16; library support was added to glibc in version 2.4.
No checking of
target is done.
Deleting the name referred to by a symbolic link will actually delete the file (unless it also has other hard links). If this behavior is not desired, use link(2).
On older kernels where symlinkat() is unavailable, the glibc wrapper function falls back to the use of symlink(). When
linkpath is a relative pathname, glibc constructs a pathname based on the symbolic link in
/proc/self/fd that corresponds to the
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