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Re: Hardlink conversion from Linux to Windows

From: Alf Christophersen <alf.christophersen_at_medisin.uio.no>
Date: 2007-05-09 11:03:37 CEST

Daniel Posey wrote:
>> Well the Linux client understands how to handle hard links, but the
>> Windows client doesn't, because Windows does not support them. If you
>> try the subversion command line client you will find the same thing.
>> You would have the equivalent problem on Linux if you used Windows
>> shortcuts.
>> The obvious rule is: if you want your WC to work under different OS
>> types, don't build in this sort of OS-dependency.
> Good point.
> This whole discussion is driving me nuts because we are talking about
> symbolic links (or *soft* links), not hard links. Once a hard link is
> established, there is not a link and the actual file. There are two (or
> more) actual and equal paths to the same data. There is no way (or reason)
> for any client to give a hard link special treatment.
> And NTFS does support hard links.

And if you download the Windows 2000 SDK, there are tools for managing
soft links i XP too, but as said, be careful. :-) I can't see anything
in Windows Explorer that tells me that two of my directories has
symbolic link pointing to other folders.

Alf Christophersen
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