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This line of code in geth shuts down with an error, if ancient is a symlink.

What's the purpose of this?

Alternative ways to move the ancient directory are a bind mount, or the --datadir.ancient flag.

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the ancient directory cannot be a symlink in geth for security reasons. While symlinks can be useful in some cases, they can also be used by attackers to manipulate the file system in unexpected ways.

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