[colug-432] Troubleshooting Suggestions: Hard Links Are Real Names

jep200404 at columbus.rr.com jep200404 at columbus.rr.com
Sun Jan 10 21:18:03 EST 2016

On Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:51:36 -0600, Rick Hornsby <richardjhornsby at gmail.com> wrote:

> > On Jan 9, 2016, at 22:13, William E. T. <linux.hacker at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 4.  Creates a link to its real name
> What do you mean by link and "its real name"?  A symlink? Is it a hard or a soft link?

On Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:15:02 -0500, "William E. T." <linux.hacker at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry my description wasn't clear.  The link created is a hard link; I
> thought this is a fairly common pattern of writing data to disk for unix
> systems.

I was similarly confused.
Part of the confusion was caused by saying "real name". 
With hard links, all links are real names.
Saying "real name" suggests a soft link to me. 

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