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How to find symbolic links that point to a directory

The find command has so many options, that it may be overwhelming to learn all it has to offer. Let’s have a look at this particular question.

The obvious way to find a symbolic link is define -typel. This will search and show all symbolic links. To find all symbolic links that point to a directory, use find with the -type l and combine it with the -xtyped options.

find . -type l -xtype d

To search in a specific directory, replace the dot with the directory to start.

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