30 Input/output library [input.output]

30.10 File systems [filesystems]

30.10.11 hard link [fs.def.hardlink]

A link to an existing file. Some file systems support multiple hard links to a file. If the last hard link to a file is removed, the file itself is removed. [Note: A hard link can be thought of as a shared-ownership smart pointer to a file.end note]