`CYGWIN=winsymlinks:nativestrict`, `ln -s target link` fails if target doesn't exist

Gene Pavlovsky gene.pavlovsky@gmail.com
Fri Apr 29 12:03:00 GMT 2016


> > POSIX says a symlink to a missing target is perfectly well-defined (you
> > can't stat() through it, but you can readlink() it). But Windows native
> > symlinks can't do that.  So the problems you are encountering all stem
> > from the fact that you are trying to make Windows do something it can't.
>
> My initial reaction was that, too, but I tried mklink (CMD internal command)
>
> > mklink x y
>
> and it created the symlink in the empty directory just fine.

This is my point exactly. Windows dangling symlinks can be created as
easily as in UNIX.
At least this is the case on my Win7 x64.

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