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Re: SVN symbolic links and samba

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2006Q1_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2005-12-20 10:25:17 CET

On Dec 20, 2005, at 09:47, Darren Gould wrote:

> I'm using svn under linux and have a database with symbolic links.
> I would like to check out this database to a samba server but I
> keep getting a failure - operation not supported - since samba does
> not support symlinks.
>
> The question is, how can I make it so that svn doesn't fail? To
> me, it should treat the samba share as a windows file system and
> simply throw a copy of the file into the directory.
>
> I've found lots of talk about why this is so, what I want to know
> is, is there a workaround?

Perhaps Subversion on Linux always tries to make the symlinks, and
Subversion on Windows knows that it can't do that so just makes the
silly text files. If so, the workaround would be to check it out from
a Windows computer, not a Linux computer.

Note that Subversion will never make a copy of the file at the
symlink location, as you seem to want. On Linux, it will make a
proper symlink, and on Windows, it will make a text file containing
the location of the original file.

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