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There are two ways you can find symbolic link or soft link in UNIX based operating system e.g. Linux, Solaris, BSD or IBM AIX. First way is by using  ls command in UNIX which display files, directories and links in any directory and other way is by using UNIX find command which has ability to search any kind of files e.g. file, directory or link. In this UNIX command tutorial we will see examples both of these UNIX command for finding soft link in any directory. If you are new to UNIX operating system and not familiar with concept of soft link and hard link, I would recommend to get a good hand on it, as it is one of the most powerful feature of UNIX based system. One more concept which is quite important to learn is file and directory permissions, because UNIX provides different level of permissions and link inherit permission of destination folder where they are pointing out. This is also a very popular Linux interview question asked on both system admin as well as developer level interview. Any ways Let's start with first example of How to find symbolic link in UNIX using “ls” command:
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