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

    I don't see a direct reference to the x11-common package.

    I see many references includint X11, none of which seem to point to /usr/bin/X11. A sampling of each type is below:
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    xkb-data: /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/de
    xkb-data: /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/digital_vndr/lk
    xkb-data: /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/macintosh_vndr/apple
    xkb-data: /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/nokia_vndr/rx-44
    xkb-data: /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/sun_vndr/ara
    xkb-data: /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/terminate
    xkeycaps: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XKeyCaps
    xlbiff: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XLbiff
    xless: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XLess-color
    xloadimage: /etc/X11/Xloadimage
    xlockmore: /etc/X11/Xresources/xlockmore
    xmabacus: /etc/X11/app-defaults/Abacus
    xmem: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XMem
    xmix: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XMix
    xmotd: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XMotd
    xmpi: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XMPI
    xmpuzzles: /etc/X11/app-defaults/Barrel
    xonix: /etc/X11/app-defaults/Xonix/Xonix.ad
    xorg-docs: /usr/share/X11/doc
    xorg-sgml-doctools: /usr/share/sgml/X11/dbs/masterdb.html.xml
    xosview: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XOsview
    xpaint-dev: /usr/include/X11/Xaw3dxft/AllWidgets.h
    xpat2: /etc/X11/de_DE/app-defaults/XPat
    xpuzzles: /etc/X11/app-defaults/Barrel
    xscreensaver-gl: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver-gl
    xserver-xorg-core: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-evdev.conf
    xshisen: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XShisen
    xsok: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XSok
    xsunpinyin: /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/xsunpinyin
    xsysinfo: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XSysinfo
    xtel: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XTel-color
    xterm: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XTerm-color
    xtightvncviewer: /etc/X11/app-defaults/Vncviewer
    xtrans-dev: /usr/include/X11/Xtrans/transport.c
    xtron: /etc/X11/app-defaults/Xtron
    xutils-dev: /usr/lib/X11/config/Amoeba.cf
    xvile: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XVile
    xvkbd: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XVkbd
    xwatch: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XWatch
    xxgdb: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XDbx
    xxkb: /etc/X11/app-defaults/XXkb
    z88dk-data: /usr/share/z88dk/include/X11
    -----------------------------------------------
    This is maybe 5% of the file.

    Do I have a different source for all this stuff than you?

    Does it still look useful?

    Thanks!

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

    I don't know what file you're looking at or referring to. apt-file is a command that can tell you to which package a file belongs.

    I installed apt-file, ran:
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    sudo apt-file update
    apt-file find /usr/bin/X11
    And it told me the symlink came from the x11-common package.

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

    Now I understand...

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