# Linux – Does ln -s require you to be in a certain directory

I want to create a simple symlink to a file.

It works perfectly if I run the command from inside the directory where I want the symlink to be created:

/path/to/link $ln -s /path/to/file .  But if I'm in any other directory, it creates a broken link every time: /any/other/path$ ln -s /path/to/file /path/to/link


Does ln -s require to you to be in a certain directory, or am I missing something? Running Ubuntu 10.04.

Update: Sorry for the confusion about whether the paths were relative or absolute. They were relative, and as several mentioned in their answers this was the source of my problem. Thanks!

ln -s foo/bar baz/quux # fails