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    Default Soft links vs. Hardlinks

    So far I understand that a hard link is simply a second directory index entry pointing to the same data (inode). As if on the page of contents of a book it might say:

    Chapter 1 - Page 12
    Chapter 7 - Page 12

    So deleting the "Chapter 7" entry wouldn't affect the data because it still has the original hard link pointing to the data. Am I understanding this correctly?

    Where as a symlink would be a seperate file with its own inode pointing to the target file's path?
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    Keep reading on the subject or research it elsewhere to reinforce your understanding. You'd need to understand the inode link count as I believe that's where you got lost.

    My Google-fu lead me to this: Hard links and Unix file system nodes (inodes)
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