'native' symlinks for 2K+

Corinna Vinschen vinschen@redhat.com
Fri Jul 26 06:59:00 GMT 2002

On Fri, Jul 26, 2002 at 11:17:51PM +1000, Robert Collins wrote:
> Is there any interest in an implementation of symlinks via reparse
> points for win2k and above?

I've tested that already when 2K was in beta 3 state.  The problems:

- No reparse points to files, only drives and dirs are possible.

- The dest file is always saved in absolute mode.  This prevents
  easy moving around of relative symlinks.

- The dest file is always (obviously) saved in native Windows path
  notation.  This doesn't work well with the Cygwin mount table.

So the answer is no.  I'm sorry.  When 2K was new I was pretty sure
that using reparse points would be a good idea, too.


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