Symbolic-link meaning

In Unix, a file that points to another file or directory. It is used to allow a variety of sources to point to a common destination. The Windows 2000 counterpart is the "virtual directory." When URLs are redirected, it is called "URL mapping." A symbolic link is like a Windows shortcut, except that the link is an index entry in the Unix file system, whereas the shortcut is a regular Windows file. See redirection.
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(computing, in operating systems derived from Unix) A file that contains a reference to another file or directory and serves as a shortcut to it.
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