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     LN(1)                                                       LN(1)

          ln - make links

          ln [ -s ] name1 [ name2 ]
          ln name ... directory

          A link is a directory entry referring to a file; the same
          file (together with its size, all its protection informa-
          tion, etc.)  may have several links to it.  There are two
          kinds of links: hard links and symbolic links.

          By default ln makes hard links.  A hard link to a file is
          indistinguishable from the original directory entry; changes
          to the file are effective regardless of the name used to
          reference the file.  Hard links may not span file systems
          and may not refer to directories.

          The -s option makes symbolic links.  A symbolic link con-
          tains the name of the file to which it is linked.  Except in
          special cases, such as rm(1), unlink(2), lstat, and
          readlink, the contents of a symbolic link is taken as the
          pathname of the file.  Symbolic links may span file systems
          and may refer to directories.

          Given one or two nondirectory arguments, the second not
          being a directory, ln makes a link to an existing file
          name1. If name2 is given, the link has that name, otherwise
          name2 is understood to be the same as the last component of

          Given two or more arguments, the last being a directory, ln
          makes therein links to all the named files.

          rm(1), cp(1), mv(1), link(2), stat(2)