Ok I did that but I am not sure what it did.
Ok I should state I do know it created a symbolic link but I am not sure how it works or what to do now
A symbolic link is nothing more than a pointer file. In this case anytime you look at the directory located at /home/sam/downloads the symbolic link is pointing that to the directory at /media/documents/downloads
You can see this if you open a console in your user directory and typing in the command
ls you might see something like this
Documents@ isos/ Pictures@ webtemplates/
Downloads@ jacks-card.png sams-music/ wiki-work/
Notice all the directories with the "@" after their names. Those are the symbolic links on my system
to see where that symbolic link is actually pointing to you can use the following command
For example here is what I see on my systemlrwxrwxrwx 1 dwmoar dwmoar 26 May 27 2010 website-work -> /mnt/backups/website-work/
drwxr-xr-x 4 dwmoar dwmoar 4096 Jul 18 2010 webtemplates/
drwxrwxr-x 4 dwmoar dwmoar 4096 Aug 5 20:44 wiki-work/
The line in green is my symbolic link. Every time I look into my home directory, into the website-work directory, I am actually looking at /mnt/backups/website-work/
that is just part of the beauty of using symbolic links.