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Date: 2013nov4
Updated: 2017nov24
OS: Windows 7 and later
Keywords: symlink, symlinks, junction

Q.  How can I make a symbolic link on Windows (like the Linux ls -s) ?

A.  Use the /j option of the mklink command.

mklink /j <from> <to>
For example:
mklink /j c:\htdocs e:\htdocs - Put websites on drive e: mklink /j "c:\users\dave\My Videos\travel" e:\TravelVideos
mklink /j "c:\users\dave\My Videos\arty" h:\ArtVideos - Split videos over two disks
You need NTFS for this to work -- does not with FAT, exFAT. Unlike shortcuts, which are just .lnk files, this is totally transparent to programs. You can cd to the folder, etc.

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