Citing the same note in different folders?

I’m really not sure how to properly word this, and so, bare with me as I fumble through this question;

I would like to create a parent note in a parent folder, with the intention of linking said note in other folders, as though these were themselves notes, and moreso, that editing said note from any of the folders, would result in editing the parent note?

That said, I watched a bunch of video in hopes of finding a way to do this, but haven’t had any success in doing so - which now leads me to question my approach, in-that there might be a better way to do this?

For example; is it possible to have a note name in a particular directory, that is actually a link?

PS, I also considered embedding the parent note, so that its contents were displayed and open to editing, but then encountered the issue of repeating note names, therefore adding confusion when searching or linking to said note …

Perhaps you could also elaborate on your desired workflow and what you want to achieve by having the same note in different folders.

editing said note from any of the folders, would result in editing the parent note?

You apparently want to find the same note in different folders. Note that one of the limitations of a folder system is that a note can only be in a single folder. If you want to find a note in different places in a hierarchical structure, you can use hierarchical tags instead.

For example; is it possible to have a note name in a particular directory, that is actually a link?

Your operating system may allow you to link a file to different folders. However, I do not know whether this is a good idea within Obsidian. The good news is that hard links on linux actually work in Obsidian. It works, because Obsidian updates the same inode when updating a note. Note, however, that external editors commonly update by writing a temporary copy, then deleting the original and renaming the temporary copy. This breaks the hard link. Soft links in Obsidian do not work: Obsidian does not pick them up as valid notes.

Then encountered the issue of repeating note names, therefore adding confusion when searching or linking to said note …

Note that that will be the case whenever you have the same note in different folders.

Hi vanadium, thanks so much for taking the time to respond - I really do appreciate the help

That being said, I have been trying to use Obsidian to organize a business plan, and with the intent of printing out my final project.

That said and in doing so, I’ve been building an index and hierarchy to catalogue the various areas of the business/service structure - more notably, that of repeating topics under different titles such as; /hostnames/domain.com AND /services/domain.com

The parent or root folder of ‘domain.com’ being /hostname/ whereas the others are simply duplicates of the parent note

Having said that, I thought I struck gold with Windows 10 symlinks, which appear to work perfectly, though for some unknown reason, Obsidian will return said Windows Symlink to regular files with a particular operation - not such of the cause just yet

Now to be completely fair, I am not 100% committed to this writing format or style, and would consider a different approach, should it be possible to achieve my objective with tags, or some other alternative - though I have no idea how to use these atm, as I am relatively new to Obsidian and have only started using it for this project

PS, I have yet to Linux for this project, as my daily driver is Windows 10 atm

  • thanks again for responding btw

If I understand well what you want to achieve, I think you can use the make.md plugin (you can download it from the community plugin or from here: https://www.make.md/
The plugin has a feature called “spaces” allowing notes to be grouped together in multiple spaces even though they belong to different folders. The same note can belong to multiple spaces etc. I have started using it and it works pretty well.
Hope this helps.

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