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Bug 6943 - hardlinking directories isn't permitted
Summary: hardlinking directories isn't permitted
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: fileutils
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-11-12 07:24 UTC by Pekka Savola
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-11-12 18:30:11 UTC

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Description Pekka Savola 1999-11-12 07:24:34 UTC
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 18:30:59 UTC
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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