Real Quick

10 09 2008

Sorry for the two short posts after each other, but this is definitely worth a mention.

With the external HDD working, and everything being saved on there, I wasn’t sure how to make it accessible without having to connect via FTP every time. More importantly, everyone doesn’t necessarily wanna download every song they wanna listen to, so streaming is nice.

Since all the music and pictures are saved outside the webroot (/var/www/) I wasn’t sure how to make them accessible within the webroot. Well, after searching around, I found this line. It creates what’s called a Symbolic Link. For those familiar with windows, it’s basically like a shortcut, except it’s a little different because it treats it as though the files are saved in the location where the link is. I don’t know if I did a good job of explaining that, but you’ll see what I’m talking about if you have to do this for yourself. So the line is

sudo ln -s source_file my_file

The sudo gives you the correct permissions to do this, which is necessary in Ubuntu. source_file gets replaced with the path to the file (or folder) you wanna make the symbolic link for. my_file gets replaced with the path where you want to place this link.

So now when I open up my page and click on the music link, it takes me to all my music and I can stream it straight through my browser. Pretty sweet!

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