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directory – android: determining a symbolic link

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I am scanning all directories starting from “/” to find some particular directories like “MYFOLDER”. However, the folder is that I get double instances of the same folder. This occurs because one folder is located in “/mnt/sdcard/MYFOLDER” and the same folder has a symbolic link in “/sdcard/MYFOLDER”..

My Question is, “Is there any way to determine whether the folder is a symbolic link or not?”. Please give me some suggestions..

How to&Answers:

This is essentially how they do in Apache Commons (subject to their license):

public static boolean isSymlink(File file) throws IOException {
  File canon;
  if (file.getParent() == null) {
    canon = file;
  } else {
    File canonDir = file.getParentFile().getCanonicalFile();
    canon = new File(canonDir, file.getName());
  return !canon.getCanonicalFile().equals(canon.getAbsoluteFile());

Edit thanks to @LarsH comment.
The above code only checks whether the children file is a symlink.

In order to answer the OP question, it’s even easier:

public static boolean containsSymlink(File file) {
  return !file.getCanonicalFile().equals(file.getAbsoluteFile());