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Re: NTFS and symlinks

From: Tom Molesworth <tom_at_molesworth.name>
Date: 2004-10-15 21:13:37 CEST

Alexander Korsukov wrote:
> Under NFTS exist the 'reparse point' file attribute. Using this attribute it
> is possible to implement analogue of symlinks on the directory (for example
> JUNCTION utility http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/source/misc.shtml#junction).
> In projects it is required to have an opportunity to create symlinks on
> directories more often. Why under Windows (NTFS) to not implement creation of
> symlinks (reparse points) on directory by SVN?

There are peculiarities about junctions, and they can often cause
problems for backup utilities, etc. Having said that, I'd be interested
in having this facility. I'm reasonably familiar with the relevant parts
of the Win32 API for this, so I could look at what's involved in
implementing it.

Does anyone else think it would be a good feature? For me it's in the
"nice idea but not too important" category, but if someone can come up
with good reasons for/against it, there might be more mileage in
investigating further...

'course, not all people have NTFS on windows, so perhaps sticking with a
generic subset is better.


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