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RE: Symbolic Links on Windows Platform

From: Scott Hughes <Scott.Hughes_at_dalsemi.com>
Date: 2005-01-19 21:10:45 CET

> Has anyone tried to commit symbolic links created on an NTFS
> Filesystem (created via linkd.exe) to a subversion repository?

I just tried it and it didn't work. Well, didn't work how I expected. SVN
is not "aware" of the junction points created by linkd.exe and an un-aware
client is allowed to recurse it just like it's an ordinary folder. So, an
import recurses the folder and imports all of the directories that it links

If support for this was added, this would be a big help for me. It would
remove my need for the relative externals feature that has been talked about
a lot. But I don't think it's a simple feature to add.

What would be even more interesting is if SVN treated symlinks in a platform
independent way. At checkout time, the cli could use junction points on
winxp/2003, ln-links on unices, or windows shortcuts on older non-ntfs
machines. Granted the mapping isn't complete between those three, but the
intersection is useful enough for me (and I assume a lot of other apps that
are sharing common resources amongst many projects, ala VisualSourceSafe's
sharing feature).


Scott Hughes - Engineer
shughes aht dalsemi daut com 
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Received on Wed Jan 19 21:13:21 2005

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