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LN(1)				      FSF				 LN(1)

NAME
       ln - make links between files

SYNOPSIS
       ln [OPTION]... TARGET [LINK_NAME]
       ln [OPTION]... TARGET...	DIRECTORY
       ln [OPTION]... --target-directory=DIRECTORY TARGET...

DESCRIPTION
       Create  a  link	to  the	 specified TARGET with optional	LINK_NAME.  If
       LINK_NAME is omitted, a link with the same basename as  the  TARGET  is
       created in the current directory.  When using the second	form with more
       than one	TARGET,	the last argument must be a directory;	 create	 links
       in  DIRECTORY  to  each TARGET.	Create hard links by default, symbolic
       links with --symbolic.  When creating  hard  links,  each  TARGET  must
       exist.

       Mandatory  arguments  to	 long  options are mandatory for short options
       too.

       --backup[=CONTROL]
	      make a backup of each existing destination file

       -b     like --backup but	does not accept	an argument

       -d, -F, --directory
	      hard link	directories (super-user	only)

       -f, --force
	      remove existing destination files

       -n, --no-dereference
	      treat destination	that is	a symlink to a directory as if it were
	      a	normal file

       -i, --interactive
	      prompt whether to	remove destinations

       -s, --symbolic
	      make symbolic links instead of hard links

       -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
	      override the usual backup	suffix

       --target-directory=DIRECTORY
	      specify the DIRECTORY in which to	create the links

       -v, --verbose
	      print name of each file before linking

       --help display this help	and exit

       --version
	      output version information and exit

       The   backup   suffix   is  `~',	 unless	 set  with  --suffix  or  SIM-
       PLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX.  The version control method may be selected via  the
       --backup	 option	 or  through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable.
       Here are	the values:

       none, off
	      never make backups (even if --backup is given)

       numbered, t
	      make numbered backups

       existing, nil
	      numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

       simple, never
	      always make simple backups

AUTHOR
       Written by Mike Parker and David	MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software	Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       The full	documentation for ln is	maintained as a	 Texinfo  manual.   If
       the  info and ln	programs are properly installed	at your	site, the com-
       mand

	      info ln

       should give you access to the complete manual.

ln (coreutils) 4.5.3		 February 2003				 LN(1)

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