About actual and symbolic links
In the File Manager section of the Site Administrator control
panel, directories and files are shown as either actual
or symbolic links:
Actual links are
links to files or directories that are located in the directory shown.
Actual links are represented by color icons: and .
Symbolic links are
shortcuts that are usually placed in top-level directories to provide
quick access to directories and files that lie deeper in the directory
structure. Symbolic links are represented by grayed-out icons: and .
In the File Manager section, you can work with existing symbolic
links the same way you work with actual links; you can open, rename, or
However, you can add symbolic link directories and files
only when you are logged on to your site through Telnet or SSH service.
Because symbolic link directories and files are shortcuts
to existing actual directories or files, the following considerations
When you move or
delete a directory or file to which a symbolic link directory or file
refers, you will break the link. Broken link directories and files are
represented with and .
When you delete a
symbolic link directory or file, you only remove the shortcut link. The
data in the actual file to which the symbolic link directory or file refers
remain intact. To remove the data, you must delete the actual directory
Site Administrator's Help
Published April 16, 2004