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Re: SVN symbolic links and samba

From: Darren Gould <darren_gould_at_linuxmail.org>
Date: 2005-12-20 10:40:04 CET

I would really prefer to stay under linux if at all possible.

To me, at very least, subversion should fail gracefully. Why not just warn me that the link couldn't be created and keep going?

At most, recognise that the CIFS system doesn't support file linking and treat it like it would under windows.

The problem is, I can't checkout my repository on the filesystem that I need to - a pretty serious obstacle!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ryan Schmidt" <subversion-2006Q1@ryandesign.com>
To: "Darren Gould" <darren_gould@linuxmail.org>
Subject: Re: SVN symbolic links and samba
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 10:25:17 +0100

> 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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