Mail Archives: cygwin-developers/1998/06/03/06:24:57

From: cgf AT cygnus DOT com (Christopher Faylor)
Subject: RE: Path converting fix.
3 Jun 1998 06:24:57 -0700 :
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To: cygwin32-developers AT cygnus DOT com, noer AT cygnus DOT com, sos AT prospect DOT com DOT ru

>From: Sergey Okhapkin <sos AT prospect DOT com DOT ru>
>Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 14:49:34 +0400
>Geoffrey Noer wrote:
>> >	(conv_to_win32_path, conv_to_full_win32_path): resolve
>> > symlinks before converting.
>> I don't understand why it needs to be done at this point.  Say we have
>> /foo/symbar that points to /foo/bar.  If we convert /foo/symbar to
>> Win32, shouldn't we have C:/foo/symbar after the conversion?
>No! This calls are provided by cygwin.dll to convert unix-like pathnames to 
>a pathnames suitable to pass to win32 calls. If the path is a symlink, the 
>real filename (the symlink points to) should be returned.
>> As long as the path is handed back to a Cygwin32 function, the symlink
>> would get discovered eventually, right?
>The return value of this calls is not supposed to be used in a cygwin 
>> What's the correct solution?
>To apply my patch :-)

Sergey's patch looks right to me.  I noticed this behavior when I
was first porting perl.

Of course there is an alternative now:

conv_to_win32_path (realpath(path), char *win32_path);

The only advantage I can see to this is that it allows a windows
program to manipulate a "symbolic link" file.

This is what I did in perl, btw.


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