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Re: Graceful handling of Symbolic Links with Samba

From: Max Bowsher <maxb1_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2006-01-02 17:37:30 CET

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Darren Gould wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I've been trying to checkout a subversion repository on under Suse 10.0 with a mounted cifs/samba drive. The mounted drive is located on a Windows 2003 server and does not support symbolic links.
>
> The problem is, I need to checkout from my linux machine onto this drive and I do have symbolic links in my repository. The checkout then fails with an "Operation not supported" error. To me, this is a very serious issue - it means I am unable to use subversion with symbolic links with my setup.
>
> see my posting for more information:
>
> http://svn.haxx.se/users/archive-2005-12/0902.shtml
>
> I would like to file a bug report and suggest the following course of action:
>
> A svn switch that can be used to treat the symbolic links as subversion would from a native windows machine - ie simply throw a copy of the file into the directory. This would give the user an override mechanism when subversion fails to recognise whether or not symbolic linking is supported.

A command-line switch would be a somewhat inelegant and insufficient
interface. (You would need to remember to specify it on future 'svn
update' commands, and others.)

To be practically useful, the override would need to be remembered in
the working copy, probably.

Max.
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