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Bug 6943 - hardlinking directories isn't permitted
hardlinking directories isn't permitted
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: fileutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 1999-11-12 02:24 EST by Pekka Savola
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-11-12 13:30:11 EST
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Description Pekka Savola 1999-11-12 02:24:34 EST
Hardlinking directories isn't permitted.  You get:

[root@here] ln --directory DIR1 DIR2
ln: cannot create hard link `DIR2' to `DIR1': Operation not permitted

Even though I'm root.

ln --help suggests that it should be possible:
  -d, -F, --directory         hard link directories (super-user only)

I tried is on RH 5.1 and 6.1+rawhide:
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 1999-11-12 13:30:59 EST
hardlinking directories is not possible with every filesystem (most filesystems
don't support this actually).
The ext2 filesystem definitely doesn't do hardlinked directories.
What do you need them for?

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