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Where is the target path of a symlink stored? How are permission settings for symlinks handled?

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Where is the target path of a symlink stored? How are permission settings for symlinks handled?
posted Feb 18, 2016 by Mohammed Hussain

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The target path of a symlink is stored in an inode - the data structure used to store file information on disk.

Typically, the permission settings of the symlink itself only control the renaming and removal operations performed on the symlink itself. Any operation that deals with the contents of the file linked to are controlled by the permission settings of the target file.

answer Feb 22, 2016 by Manikandan J
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