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Thread: Problem creating symlinks in xubuntu

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    Problem creating symlinks in xubuntu

    I'm used to nautilus in Mint where you simply right click on a file or folder and do Make Link. It creates a link in that same folder which you can then put anywhere you like.

    Xubuntu doesn't come with this and adding a custom action into Thunar for
    "ln -s %f Link to %n"
    doesn't create anything.

    If I try something like
    "ln -s /file to copy /folder the file is in"
    then terminal says the file already exists, which it does. I want a link to the file that already exists.

    The ln man page didn't clear anything up, wasn't expecting this to be so difficult. Any tips for a noob?

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    Re: Problem creating symlinks in xubuntu

    This seemed to work for me:

    In Thunar --> Configure custom actions... (+)

    Code:
    Name: Create symlink here
    Description: Create symlink of file (in local dir)
    Command: /bin/ln -s %f "Link to %n"
    Code:
    $ ls -l | grep myfile
    lrwxrwxrwx  1 steeldriver steeldriver      20 Sep 25 18:26 Link to 'myfile' -> /home/steeldriver/myfile
    -rw-r--r--  1 steeldriver steeldriver      80 Aug 19 14:41 myfile
    If you want it to overwrite an existing file you will need to add '-f' (force) to the ln command, I think

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    Re: Problem creating symlinks in xubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by steeldriver View Post
    This seemed to work for me:

    In Thunar --> Configure custom actions... (+)

    Code:
    Name: Create symlink here
    Description: Create symlink of file (in local dir)
    Command: /bin/ln -s %f "Link to %n"
    Code:
    $ ls -l | grep myfile
    lrwxrwxrwx  1 steeldriver steeldriver      20 Sep 25 18:26 Link to 'myfile' -> /home/steeldriver/myfile
    -rw-r--r--  1 steeldriver steeldriver      80 Aug 19 14:41 myfile
    If you want it to overwrite an existing file you will need to add '-f' (force) to the ln command, I think
    THANK YOU!! That did exactly what I was looking for.

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    Re: Problem creating symlinks in xubuntu

    FYI Thunar DOES have a built-in way of creating symlinks. In fact, it has two:

    1) Select your item(s) then go to Edit->Make Link
    2) Select your item(s), then drag and drop while holding Ctrl-Shift

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