Mail Archives: cygwin-developers/2002/07/26/11:06:38
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From: "Corinna Vinschen" <vinschen AT redhat DOT com>
To: "Cygwin Developers" <cygwin-developers AT cygwin DOT com>
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2002 11:59 PM
Subject: Re: 'native' symlinks for 2K+
> On Fri, Jul 26, 2002 at 11:17:51PM +1000, Robert Collins wrote:
> > Is there any interest in an implementation of symlinks via reparse
> > points for win2k and above?
> I've tested that already when 2K was in beta 3 state. The problems:
> - No reparse points to files, only drives and dirs are possible.
Robert AT LIFELESSWKS /
$ ls -l
-rwx------ 1 Robert None 93 Jun 11 00:12 cygwin.bat
-rwx------ 0 Robert None 93 Jun 11 00:12 test.bat
test.bat is a reparse to cygwin.bat (XP Pro). The MSDN doco says nothing
about reparses being prevented from linking to files. Maybe that was a
Beta 3 thing?
> - The dest file is always saved in absolute mode. This prevents
> easy moving around of relative symlinks.
Hmm. I don't see that as an issue. A cygwin program copying the symlink
will either copy the target or all mknod/ ln.
> - The dest file is always (obviously) saved in native Windows path
> notation. This doesn't work well with the Cygwin mount table.
Yes, that would be annoying. Mind you, how often does that change?
Also, reparse points would let us build a 'native' mount structure that
literally matches the cygwin mount structure. (i.e the /usr/bin vs /bin
could be a reparse instead of a mount point).
> So the answer is no. I'm sorry. When 2K was new I was pretty sure
> that using reparse points would be a good idea, too.
Do the above points alter this interest?
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