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Using Symbolic Links

In this hands-on lab, we will practice using symbolic links. Understanding and using symbolic links is a fundamental skill for Linux system administration.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 45m
Clock icon Jul 17, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create the ~/ bin Directory and Add it to the PATH

    1. Make the ~/bin directory.
    mkdir bin
    1. Add ~/bin to the $PATH environment variable.
    echo 'PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH' >> .bashrc
  2. Challenge

    Create the Symbolic Links

    1. Create a symbolic link ("symlink") for rpm_verify.
    ln -s /usr/lib/rpm/rpmdb_verify bin/rpm_verify
    1. Create a symlink for rpm_dump.
    ln -s /usr/lib/rpm/rpmdb_dump bin/rpm_dump
    1. Create a symlink for rpm_load.
    ln -s /usr/lib/rpm/rpmdb_load bin/rpm_load
  3. Challenge

    Test the Symbolic Links

    1. Verify that the rpm_verify symlink works.
    rpm_verify /var/lib/rpm/Packages

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