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problems with soft links on Windows

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 19:21:44 +0200


Windows supports soft links as you may know. Those are different than
the shortcut files. But they only work on NTFS.

When using svn on such a softlink, it doesn't work.

* create a softlink like this:
   mklink /D c:\dirsoftlink c:\workingcopy
* svn info c:\dirsoftlink
   svn: 'c:\' is not a working copy
   svn: Can't open file 'c:\.svn\entries': (error message in OS language)

This only happens with commands that expect a folder. Commands that can
work on files (usually) work like 'svn st'.

The problem is in libsvn_subr/io.c, the function
map_apr_finfo_to_node_kind() assumes for a filetype of APR_LNK that it's
in fact a file, but such softlinks are not files but point to a folder.

Is there a reason that links are assumed to be files?

Or is there a way to determine if the link points to a file or a folder?


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Received on 2008-05-01 19:22:02 CEST

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