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NAME

       symlink - make a new name for a file

SYNOPSIS

       #include <unistd.h>

       int symlink(const char *oldpath, const char *newpath);

DESCRIPTION

       symlink()  creates  a  symbolic  link  named newpath which contains the
       string oldpath.

       Symbolic links are interpreted at run-time as if the  contents  of  the
       link  had  been substituted into the path being followed to find a file
       or directory.

       Symbolic links may contain ..  path components, which (if used  at  the
       start of the link) refer to the parent directories of that in which the
       link resides.

       A symbolic link (also known as a soft link) may point  to  an  existing
       file  or  to  a nonexistent one; the latter case is known as a dangling
       link.

       The permissions of a symbolic link are  irrelevant;  the  ownership  is
       ignored  when  following  the  link,  but  is  checked  when removal or
       renaming of the link is requested and the link is in a  directory  with
       the sticky bit (S_ISVTX) set.

       If newpath exists it will not be overwritten.

RETURN VALUE

       On  success,  zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is
       set appropriately.

ERRORS

       EACCES Write access to the directory containing newpath is  denied,  or
              one  of  the  directories  in the path prefix of newpath did not
              allow search permission.  (See also path_resolution(2).)

       EEXIST newpath already exists.

       EFAULT oldpath or newpath points outside your accessible address space.

       EIO    An I/O error occurred.

       ELOOP  Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving newpath.

       ENAMETOOLONG
              oldpath or newpath was too long.

       ENOENT A directory component in newpath does not exist or is a dangling
              symbolic link, or oldpath is the empty string.

       ENOMEM Insufficient kernel memory was available.

       ENOSPC The device containing the file has no room for the new directory
              entry.

       ENOTDIR
              A  component  used  as a directory in newpath is not, in fact, a
              directory.

       EPERM  The filesystem containing newpath does not support the  creation
              of symbolic links.

       EROFS  newpath is on a read-only filesystem.

NOTES

       No checking of oldpath is done.

       Deleting  the  name  referred  to by a symlink will actually delete the
       file (unless it also has other hard links). If this  behaviour  is  not
       desired, use link().

CONFORMING TO

       SVr4, SVID, POSIX, 4.3BSD.  SVr4 documents additional error codes SVr4,
       SVID, 4.3BSD, X/OPEN.  SVr4 documents additional error codes EDQUOT and
       ENOSYS.  See open(2) re multiple files with the same name, and NFS.

SEE ALSO

       ln(1),  link(2),  lstat(2),  open(2),  path_resolution(2), readlink(2),
       rename(2), unlink(2)