link invocation (GNU Coreutils 9.0)
link creates a single hard link at a time. It is a minimalist interface to the system-provided
link function. See Hard Links in The GNU C Library Reference Manual. It avoids the bells and whistles of the more commonly-used
ln command (see ln invocation). Synopsis:
link filename linkname
filename must specify an existing file, and
linkname must specify a nonexistent entry in an existing directory.
link simply calls
link (filename, linkname) to create the link.
On a GNU system, this command acts like ‘
ln --directory --no-target-directory filename linkname’. However, the
--no-target-directory options are not specified by POSIX, and the
link command is more portable in practice.
filename is a symbolic link, it is unspecified whether
linkname will be a hard link to the symbolic link or to the target of the symbolic link. Use
ln -P or
ln -L to specify which behavior is desired.
An exit status of zero indicates success, and a nonzero value indicates failure.