- Alternatively referred to as a soft link or symlink, a symbolic link is a Linux
and Unix file created with the ln command that links to another file using the path. Unlike a hard link, a symbolic link can link to any file on any computer.
If you're more familiar with Microsoft Windows you can think of a symbolic
link as a shortcut in Linux.
- Alternatively referred to as a SYLK, a symbolic link was developed by Microsoft and is an ASCII formatted file that is saved with a .slk file extension and enables the exchange of information contained in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with other programs.
Also see: Hard link, Link, Operation system definitions