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Never Worry about Symlink Argument Order Again

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One long time resident of my ~/bin folder is lns

lns — a friendly program for making symbolic links

For whatever reason I’ve never been able to get the argument order to ln -s memorized. The lns perl script (which has always run out of the box on system provided perl without issue) make it so I never need to. Whether you

lns path/to/file path/to/new-link

or

lns path/to/new-link path/to/file 

the script does the right thing and creates the symlink, or tells you in plain english why it can’t.

Mentioning the script here mainly because google seems less and less able to surface it when I’m setting up a new computer.

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Originally Posted: 4th December 2017