Sign in

The hard and symbolic links on Linux

1- What is the inode ?

An inode is a data structure (i.e., an optimized way of storing information) that stores all the information about a file (e.g., its size, its access permissions, when it was created and where it is located on the system) except its name(s) and its actual data. The fact that inode numbers are unique only within any filesystem is the reason that they do not work across filesystems and partitions.

2- What is the hard link ?

A hard link is merely an additional name for an existing file on Linux or other Unix-like operating systems.

3- What is the symbolic link ?

In computing, a symbolic link (also symlink or soft link) is a term for any file that contains a reference to another file or directory in the form of an absolute or relative path and that affects pathname resolution.

4- What is the difference between the hard and symbolic links

Holberton School France Student