Installing on a Samba share drive

Christopher Faylor
Thu Dec 6 04:51:00 GMT 2007

On Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 11:38:54PM -0500, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> 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. :-)

Ah, good point.  I was actually thinking this might have been the same
thing that as someone on IRC was reporting where I thought they said
that they just saw .lnk files but I see now that this wasn't mentioned
above.  Sorry about that.

Same answer, though.  Using cygwin utiltities to create the files should
rectify the problem.


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