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    I am trying to relink oracle with OMNIBACK media manager in Hp UX .

    For that I need to create a symbolic link to the omniback library.hear I was told to do a soft link and not a hard link ..

    How do I know a link is hard link or soft link ...

    Radhakrishnan.M

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    ln -s is a soft link. man ln for explanations.
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    A "soft" link does not increase the inode count for the referenced file, a "hard" link does. To determine the inode count, execute an "ls -l" (long listing) on the either the link or the referenced file and check the inode count column (on HP-UX it's the first column after the permissions mask). If the count = 1, it's a soft link. If the count is > 1, it's a hard link.

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    Hard vs Soft links

    The way to find out is

    Hard link:
    If you do
    Code:
    ls -li source target
    If the inode entries are the same and if the count is 2 then they are hard linked.

    Soft linl:

    if you do
    Code:
    ls -a
    and if you see

    filename --> linked_directory

    Then its a symbolic link.

    Hope these would help you...

    Sam
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    Thanks guys ...
    Radhakrishnan.M

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