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SYMLINK(2)                FreeBSD System Calls Manual               SYMLINK(2)

NAME
     symlink - make symbolic link to a file

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <unistd.h>

     int
     symlink(const char *name1, const char *name2);

DESCRIPTION
     A symbolic link name2 is created to name1 (name2 is the name of the file
     created, name1 is the string used in creating the symbolic link).  Either
     name may be an arbitrary path name; the files need not be on the same
     file system.

RETURN VALUES
     The symlink() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the
     value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the
     error.

ERRORS
     The symbolic link succeeds unless:

     [ENOTDIR]          A component of the name2 prefix is not a directory.

     [ENAMETOOLONG]     A component of either pathname exceeded 255
                        characters, or the entire length of either path name
                        exceeded 1023 characters.

     [ENOENT]           The named file does not exist.

     [EACCES]           A component of the name2 path prefix denies search
                        permission.

     [ELOOP]            Too many symbolic links were encountered in
                        translating the pathname.

     [EEXIST]           The path name pointed at by the name2 argument already
                        exists.

     [EIO]              An I/O error occurred while making the directory entry
                        for name2, or allocating the inode for name2, or
                        writing out the link contents of name2.

     [EROFS]            The file name2 would reside on a read-only file
                        system.

     [ENOSPC]           The directory in which the entry for the new symbolic
                        link is being placed cannot be extended because there
                        is no space left on the file system containing the
                        directory.

     [ENOSPC]           The new symbolic link cannot be created because there
                        is no space left on the file system that will contain
                        the symbolic link.

     [ENOSPC]           There are no free inodes on the file system on which
                        the symbolic link is being created.

     [EDQUOT]           The directory in which the entry for the new symbolic
                        link is being placed cannot be extended because the
                        user's quota of disk blocks on the file system
                        containing the directory has been exhausted.

     [EDQUOT]           The new symbolic link cannot be created because the
                        user's quota of disk blocks on the file system that
                        will contain the symbolic link has been exhausted.

     [EDQUOT]           The user's quota of inodes on the file system on which
                        the symbolic link is being created has been exhausted.

     [EIO]              An I/O error occurred while making the directory entry
                        or allocating the inode.

     [EFAULT]           The name1 or name2 argument points outside the
                        process's allocated address space.

SEE ALSO
     ln(1), link(2), lstat(2), readlink(2), unlink(2), symlink(7)

HISTORY
     The symlink() system call appeared in 4.2BSD.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE          June 4, 1993          FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE

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