The 'ln -s' command

Sam Lawrance boris at
Tue May 23 18:47:07 PDT 2006

On 24/05/2006, at 11:42 AM, Sam Lawrance wrote:

> On 24/05/2006, at 1:21 AM, gs_stoller at wrote:
>> I tried the 'ln -s' command in bothe 4.3  &  4.7  in a situation  
>> where it should fail and it did, but it still had a return/exit  
>> code of  0 , I think it should have been nonzero.  I tried 'ln -s   
>> a  b' where the file  b  existed (and was a directory) and I  
>> wanted to create the file named  a  also pointing to it.  The  
>> correct form was 'ln -s  b  a'.
> See the synopsis in the manpage for 'ln'.  It exited nonzero  
> because you successfully put a symlink under the directory 'b',  
> pointing to 'a'.
> oddie:~ sam$ mkdir b
> oddie:~ sam$ ln -s a b
> oddie:~ sam$ ls -l b
> total 8
> lrwxr-xr-x   1 sam  sam  1 May 24 11:42 a -> a

Oops, I meant: "it exited with zero status because ..."

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