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What is www in a cPanel account's home directory?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by browserdaily, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. browserdaily

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    When I go into the file manager what is the difference between the WWW folder and the public HTML folder when I change them they seam to do the same thing.
     
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    The www is a system link, or shortcut, to public_html.
     
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    To expand on Infopro's comment, the www is what is known in Linux and Unix as a symbolic link, or symlink, to public_html. You can think of a symlink as a type of alias or shortcut. www is not a file or directory itself, but rather it is simply a shortcut to the public_html directory.

    If you would like more information about symbolic links, the following is a good tutorial, though it is written from the perspective of a user with shell access, not necessarily a cPanel FTP or File Manager user:

    ln – make links and symlinks between files or directories | Unix Tutorial
     
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