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Re: question on symbolic links and windows

From: Steve Whitson <steven.whitson_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 12:45:36 -0500

Andy Levy wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 13:19, Steve Whitson <steven.whitson_at_gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have the need to support symbolic links in my repository. But, when
>> checked out on windows I'm not getting the regular file the symlink points
>> to, but instead end up with a text file having content "link
>> ../somefile.txt".
>> For example, my repsoitroy has the following structure as a test
>> ./test.txt
>> ./testfolder/test.txt -> ../test.txt
>> When this is checked out on windows the file .\test.txt is fine, but the
>> file testfolder\test.txt contains the text "link ../test.txt".
>> What am I doing wrong?
> Nothing. Symlinks don't work on Windows. NTFS lacked the ability to
> create true *NIX-like symlinks until Vista was released, and
> Subversion doesn't attempt to guess at whether that functionality is
> available or not - it assumes that it's not if you're on Windows.
 From the svn book:
/When a symlink is committed into a Subversion repository, Subversion
that the file was in fact a symlink, as well as the object to which the
symlink "points."
When that symlink is checked out to another working copy on a
non-Windows system,
Subversion reconstructs a real filesystem-level symbolic link from the
symlink. But that doesn't in any way limit the usability of working
copies on systems
such as Windows that do not support symlinks. On such systems,
Subversion simply
creates a regular text file whose contents are the path to which to the
original symlink
pointed. While that file can't be used as a symlink on a Windows system,
it also won't
prevent Windows users from performing their other Subversion-related

I expect and want a regular file in place of the symbolic link on
windows (as stated in the book). How can I achieve this?

Thanks much,
Received on 2008-09-17 19:46:14 CEST

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