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Re: handling of reparse points

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_apache.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2018 00:30:15 +0200

On 07.06.2018 18:50, Stefan Kueng wrote:
> On 05.06.2018 23:35, Philip Martin wrote:
>> Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com> writes:
>>> Index: subversion/libsvn_subr/io.c
>>> ===================================================================
>>> --- subversion/libsvn_subr/io.c    (revision 1831874)
>>> +++ subversion/libsvn_subr/io.c    (working copy)
>>> @@ -342,8 +342,11 @@
>>>     /* Not using svn_io_stat() here because we want to check the
>>>        apr_err return explicitly. */
>>>     SVN_ERR(cstring_from_utf8(&path_apr, path, pool));
>>> -
>>> +#ifdef WIN32
>>> +  flags = APR_FINFO_MIN;
>>> +#else
>>>     flags = resolve_symlinks ? APR_FINFO_MIN : (APR_FINFO_MIN |
>>> +#endif
>>>     apr_err = apr_stat(&finfo, path_apr, flags, pool);
>>>       if (APR_STATUS_IS_ENOENT(apr_err))
>> This needs a comment to explain why Windows needs to do something
>> different.
> patch with comment attached.
>> I think we would have to back this change out if we ever attempted to
>> add svn:special support on Windows, but I suppose any such support is
>> unlikely in the near future; as Branko pointed out CreateSymbolicLink
>> doesn't have the semantics we want.
> Just FYI: in that case svn would have a requirement for NTFS. Because
> both hard links (for files) and junctions (for directories) only work
> on NTFS. So it wouldn't be possible anymore to use svn on e.g. a usb
> stick formatted with FAT32.

Yes ... we'd _also_ have to detect the capabilities of the underlying

>> Making .svn a symbolic link on Linux came up in another thread recently:
>> https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/d08f3a0b71600e2b67cd39817cd99e4de25a7e4f12817fe451f162e5@%3Cdev.subversion.apache.org%3E
>> At present there is an assumption that .svn lives on the same filesystem
>> as the working copy and that files can be atomically moved from .svn/tmp
>> into the working copy (see workqueue.c calling svn_io_file_rename2).  If
>> .svn becomes a symlink that points to a different filesystem then these
>> moves fail and Subversion doesn't work.  We might be able to work around
>> this by replacing svn_io_file_rename2 with svn_io_file_move.
>> I don't know if Windows has the same problem.
> On Windows, the MoveFileEx() API which is used by win32_file_rename
> which is used by svn_io_file_rename2 can work that way: the flag
> MOVEFILE_COPY_ALLOWED must be passed as well. Then the Move works
> across volumes because Windows then does the move as a copy/delete
> instead.

We do use that flag, but — just like cross-device copies on Unix — the
move is no longer atomic, which could break the working copy quite badly.

> Also: the current implementation on Windows handles links wrong: it
> assumes that a reparse point is always a junction, but that's not the
> case. A junction is just a special form of a reparse point.

Well, the more patches we get to fix these issues, the better.

-- Brane
Received on 2018-06-08 00:31:40 CEST

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