Create a symlink for hidden files
article · #86
Estimated 1 minute read · Sunday, 27 January 2019
I want to create a symlink for all hidden files excluding the hidden directories. I want to put my configuration files in my home directory into version control.
I need to exclude the hidden directories because they contain binaries and what not.
Using this one liner, I can create a symbolic link for every hidden file in my home directory to my working (or target) directory.
for f in .*; do if [[ -f $f ]]; then ln -s /home/me/$f /home/me/working/directory/$f; fi; done
I execute this from my source directory.
I can verify that my symlinks exist in my target directory
cd /home/me/working/directory ls -lah
I should see a few lines that look like this:
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 me me 26 Jan 27 10:49 .zsh_history -> /home/me/.zsh_history lrwxrwxrwx. 1 me me 20 Jan 27 10:49 .zshrc -> /home/me/.zshrc