Installing on a Samba share drive

Larry Hall (Cygwin)
Thu Dec 6 04:39:00 GMT 2007

Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 10:45:43PM -0500, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
>> Tom Leonard wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I created a Samba share on my Debian system, mapped it to a drive letter 
>>> on my XP Home system and did a full network install of Cygwin on the root 
>>> of the mapped drive.  When I tried to use Cygwin to compile some programs, 
>>> I found that a number of the symbolic links from the install (eg all of 
>>> the low level .exe's like am.exe from gcc) could not be found.  While I 
>>> could manually create the necessary symbolic links, it was impossible to 
>>> know what exactly was broken.  I resolved the issue by "uninstalling" from 
>>> the Samba drive and reinstalling on a local XP drive.
>>> Can anyone shed some light on why the symbolic links might be broken.  
>>> Because I need to support different library configurations, I'd like to 
>>> use the technique of maintaining a number of different Cygwin environments 
>>> on my Debian system where I have lots of disk space, and map to XP as and 
>>> when needed.
>> System attribute of the symlinks weren't/couldn't be set?
> You're showing your age, Larry.  :-) .lnk files shouldn't have system
> attributes.  They should just be readonly.  But that would be the case if
> a *cygwin* cp/tar/cpio/etc. command was used to create the files.

Has 'setup.exe' finally been updated to create .lnk file style symlinks?
Guess it has been a while since I've wandered through that code. :-)

Larry Hall                    
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A: Yes.
 > Q: Are you sure?
 >> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
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