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Re: ln -s exe magic (coreutils 6.7-2)

On Jan 23 20:36, Christopher Layne wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 23, 2007 at 06:07:17PM -0500, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
> > /usr/sbin: ls -l sendmail*
> > lrwxrwxrwx 1 p-humblet sw 13 Jan 23 17:40 sendmail -> /usr/bin/exim*
> > lrwxrwxrwx 1 p-humblet sw 19 Jan 23 17:29 sendmail.exe -> /usr/sbin/ssmtp.exe*
> > 
> > so that the commands "sendmail" and "sendmail.exe" produce different results,
> > cron keeps using exim and if  exim is uninstalled then cron misbehaves.
> > 
> > My suggestion is that by default ln -s should not do any magic. If some magic is
> > desired, users can define an alias or shell function that adds --enable-exe-magic
> > 
> > Pierre
> Probably just an oversight (in regards to symlinks) in the code handling .exe
> vs extentionless executables. It's there to allow both options for an executable to
> be named. I'm sure Corinna or Christopher will know what the deal is.

This looks rather like a problem with the exe magic in coreutils.  FWIW,
I never liked the idea to create "foo.exe.lnk" symlinks.  They only slow
down the symlink processing in Cygwin.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
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