symlink - Introduction to the symlink command suite [Windows only]


The symlink command creates, lists and removes symbolic links (symlinks) in the /afs file namespace. The symlink_make(1) command is equivalent to ln -s on a UNIX platform. symlink can manipulate symlinks created by ln -s on UNIX and vice versa.


The symlink commands are only available on Microsoft Windows platforms. On UNIX platforms, use the ln -s command.

Microsoft Windows added support for symlinks in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. /afs symlinks will be displayed by the Windows Explorer shell as NTFS Symlink Reparse Points. Symlinks can be copied from NTFS to /afs and vice versa. The Microsoft Windows MKLINK command can be used to create and remove symlinks in /afs but that command is only available to members of the Administrators group.



Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.


symlink_list(1), symlink_make(1), symlink_remove(1)


Copyright 2007 Jason Edgecombe <>

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