#1843 Symlink support for w2k and up

MSYS
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Feature
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2013-02-14
2004-07-17
Rene Horn
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I'd like to see actual symlink support for Win2k and up since I
know that they can do symlinks (shame on Microsoft for not
providing the capability by default). It'd be nice to be able to
actually use ln as it was meant to be used rather than simply be
a copy.

Discussion

  • Earnie Boyd

    Earnie Boyd - 2004-07-18

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    Where would you like to see symlink support. BTW, do you
    have sample code that creates a symlink on W2K? AFAIK, only
    hardlink support is provided for on NTFS.

    Also, consider the MS supplied software that doesn't
    understand how to determine the file from the symlink. A
    PITA if I want to use NOTEPAD on a file that is referenced
    by a symlink.

     
  • Johan Boule

    Johan Boule - 2004-12-21

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    there's an open source tool from sysinternals called 'junction'.

    afaik, the support for symbolic links isn't complete with
    ntfs...

    i think the problem is that they don't support relative
    paths, so, you can't have a symlink to a subdir or to a
    parent dir, it will be converted to an absolute path when
    created.

    Also, creating symlinks to directories is dangerous because
    you can easily delete the whole content of the pointed-to
    dir instead of just the symlink.

     
  • Earnie Boyd

    Earnie Boyd - 2013-02-14

    Ticket moved from /p/mingw/feature-requests/15/

     
  • Earnie Boyd

    Earnie Boyd - 2013-02-14
    • labels: --> duplicate?
    • Description has changed:

    Diff:

    • status: open --> assigned
    • assigned_to: Cesar Strauss
    • milestone: --> MSYS
    • type: --> Feature
    • resolution: --> none
    • category: --> Unknown
    • patch_attached: --> False
     

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