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 The difference between hard and soft links

"There are restrictions on what can be hardlinked (both links must reside on the same filesystem, the source file must exist, etc.) that are not applicable to softlinks (source and target can be on seperate file systems, source does not have to exist, etc.). OTOH, softlinks have other restrictions not shared by hardlinks (additional I/O necessary to complete file access, additional storage taken up by softlink file's data, etc.) In other words, there's tradeoffs with each."

 (Submitted by Noel Mon Aug 16, 2004 )


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