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Re: how to check in a symlink?

From: Brian Mathis <bmathis_at_directedge.com>
Date: 2004-04-05 21:04:32 CEST

John Peacock wrote:

> Pay attention here: we are talking about cross-platform issues! ;)
> One primary reason that symlinks are used is to have a shared file in
> multiple locations in the source tree. Any application originally
> developed on a platform which supports that mode wants to use a
> symlink, so that the files are always in sync (since they are just a
> reference to the real file).
> Since Windows doesn't support symlinks, the only way to handle it is
> to make a copy (possibly readonly), when trying to port that
> application to Windows. While it is true that no Windows-target
> application will ever use symlinks, the entire world is not running
> Windows.
> As it stands now, no platform gets to use symlinks directly out of the
> repository since it is currently impossible to support it on all
> platforms (in a sane fashion).
> John

Windows NTFS does support *hard links*, which give almost identical
functionality as symlinks (and exactly identical functionality to unix
hard links).

Just something else to think about.

Brian Mathis
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Received on Mon Apr 5 21:06:19 2004

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