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- From: fergus <fergus at bonhard dot uklinux dot net>
- To: Cygwin ML <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Cc: fergus <fergus at bonhard dot uklinux dot net>
- Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2007 10:13:10 +0100
- Subject: Re: links
> Can you think of any real justification for
> getting rid of these old-style symlinks?
Yes: a user who wants a portable Cygwin on CD or DVD built by copying
from HD will need all links to be of the .lnk newer variety before
transfer: these will necessarily be +R on the portable medium and
therefore fully functional. The older sort +S will lose the attribute on
transfer to CD or DVD, and will therefore fail.
What happens at the moment is that after building your system on HD it's
necessary to convert all links to the new style .lnk before transfer.
Anything that eases the conversion process (or makes it redundant) would
(Note 1) It is easy to do this conversion with a script, but one still
has to remember to do it, and then do it.
(Note 2) Of course, what with ubiquitous large-capacity USB sticks and
mobile drives, anybody who wants a mobile Cygwin probably thinks less
and less about using CDs and DVDs, and the relevance of this argument
for .lnk is more and more reduced.
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