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    X11 folder repeats and repeats and repeats...

    I have a folder /usr/bin/X11 that has MANY copies of itself as sub folders. I quit counting at 25, but it appears to go on forever.

    All appear to be exact copies of /usr/bin.

    1) How did they get there?
    2) How can I get rid of them?
    3) Can I just delete them, or will that wreck something?
    4) If I do delete or otherwise lose them, how can I make sure they don't come back?
    5) Any idea of what function they do/did?

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    Re: X11 folder repeats and repeats and repeats...

    /usr/bin/X11 is just a symlink to /usr/bin which contains the X11 symlink so yes you could open it ad nauseam.
    Nothing to worry about, bit of explain
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1568381

    More specific
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...20&postcount=9
    (if you were to remove the symlink probably nothing bad would happen but really no reason to

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    Re: X11 folder repeats and repeats and repeats...

    It's not an actual folder, it's a symlink to the same folder. That's why it appears to have endless copies of itself inside itself.

    It's probably there because once long ago some binaries were in /usr/bin/X11, but later got consolidated to /usr/bin; but becaue some creaky old software might expect them at /usr/bin/X11, they made a symlink so it could find them.

    Just leave it be, it hurts nothing and takes up no space.

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    Re: X11 folder repeats and repeats and repeats...

    So if I delete them just because it's untidy and they annoy me, all that would be affected is "some creaky old software"?

    Is there any way to find what "creaky old software" did this? Then I could check to see if it's still installed, or if I can just trash it.

    Thanks!

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    Re: X11 folder repeats and repeats and repeats...

    Just leave it as it is.
    There isn't multiple files to delete.
    Last edited by stinkeye; November 6th, 2012 at 07:45 AM.

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    Re: X11 folder repeats and repeats and repeats...

    OK, just so I know:
    1) Is there any way to find what software did this?
    2) Is there a way to prevent this or something similar in the future?

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    Re: X11 folder repeats and repeats and repeats...

    It's probably just that way by default.

    It's really not a problem. Understand: There are not endless folders full of files. Just one symlink back to the same folder.

    I'd suggest leaving it be, or you'll likely have worse annoyances than an untidy-looking /usr/bin.

    EDIT: according to apt-file, it's installed by the x11-common package. I wouldn't recommend removing that .
    Last edited by lykwydchykyn; November 6th, 2012 at 05:32 PM.

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