MirBSD manpage: lndir(1)

LNDIR(1)                     BSD Reference Manual                     LNDIR(1)


     lndir - create a shadow directory of symbolic links to another directory


     lndir [-e exceptfile] [-s] [-i] fromdir [todir]


     The lndir program makes a shadow copy todir of a directory tree fromdir,
     except that the shadow is not populated with real files but instead with
     symbolic links pointing at the real files in the fromdir directory tree.
     This is usually useful for maintaining source code for different machine
     architectures. You create a shadow directory containing links to the real
     source, which you will have usually mounted from a remote machine. You
     can build in the shadow tree, and the object files will be in the shadow
     directory, while the source files in the shadow directory are just sym-
     links to the real files.

     This scheme has the advantage that if you update the source, you need not
     propagate the change to the other architectures by hand, since all source
     in all shadow directories are symlinks to the real thing: just cd to the
     shadow directory and recompile away.

     The todir argument is optional and defaults to the current directory. The
     fromdir argument may be relative (e.g., ../src) and is relative to todir
     (not the current directory).

     Note that RCS, SCCS, CVS and CVS.adm directories are not shadowed, in ad-
     dition to any specified on the command line with -e arguments.

     If you add files, simply run lndir again. New files will be silently ad-
     ded. Old files will be checked that they have the correct link.

     Deleting files is a more painful problem; the symlinks will just point
     into never never land.

     If a file in fromdir is a symbolic link, lndir will make the same link in
     todir rather than making a link back to the (symbolic link) entry in
     fromdir. The -i flag changes this behavior.

     The options are as follows:

     -e exceptfile
             Add the specified file to the list of excluded files/directories.
             This is effective in all directories searched by lndir. This op-
             tion may be specified as many times as needed.

     -s      Suppresses status messages normally output as lndir descends into
             each subdirectory.

     -i      Causes the program to not treat symbolic links in fromdir spe-
             cially. The link created in todir will point back to the
             corresponding (symbolic link) file in fromdir. If the link is to
             a directory, this is almost certainly the wrong thing.

             This option exists mostly to emulate the behavior the C version
             of lndir had in X11R6. Its use is not recommended.


     The program displays the name of each subdirectory it enters, followed by
     a colon. The -s option suppresses these messages.

     A warning message is displayed if the symbolic link cannot be created.
     The usual problem is that a regular file of the same name already exists.

     If the link already exists but doesn't point to the correct file, the
     program prints the link name and the location where it does point.


     find(1), ln(1), patch(1)


     lndir was first distributed as part of X11.

     This version first appeared in OpenBSD 1.2.


     The patch(1) program gets upset if it cannot change the files. You should
     never run patch(1) from a shadow directory anyway.

     You need to use something like

           $ find todir -type l -print | xargs rm

     to clear out all files before you can relink (if fromdir moved, for in-
     stance). Something like

           $ find . \! -type d -print

     will find all files that are not directories.

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