How does Cygwin detect MSFT NFSv3 file system? Re: Weird (path) problems with cygwin test release 3.5.0-0.384.g9939aa7d0945.x86_64 ...

Corinna Vinschen
Fri Aug 18 08:44:17 GMT 2023

On Aug 17 20:49, Martin Wege via Cygwin wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 14, 2023 at 10:56 PM Corinna Vinschen via Cygwin
> <> wrote:
> > and the result is the same.  Note that Cygwin supports MSFT NFSv3 but
> > not CITI NFSv4.1 internally.  No gurantee that Cygwin always does what
> > is necessary for that other NFS.
> 1. How does Cygwin detect whether something is a MSFT NFSv3, or not?
> Cygwin /bin/mount lists the CITI NFSv4.1 as 'nfs', so there *IS*
> something which detects that?

The filesystem name returned by NtQueryVolumeInformationFile is "NFS".
If any other NFS returns the same filesystem name, it will be treated
just like MSFT NFSv3.

> 2. Are Cygwin soft link handing depend on MSFT NFSv3 or not, i.e. does
> the Cygwin soft link code behave differently for MSFT NFSv3 file
> systems?

Yes.  NFS doesn't support symlink creation and symlink reading via
the usual functions, because Windows symlinks are created as reparse
points.  NFS doesn't support reparse points.  So the developers of
the MSFT NFS client had to invent their own way to create and
read NFS symlinks:;a=blob;f=winsup/cygwin/;hb=HEAD#l1719;a=blob;f=winsup/cygwin/;hb=HEAD#l2750

> 3. Does Cygwin implement the pathconf() api?

Yes.  Surprisingly, you can check this yourself by just calling the
function and trying to compile your code.


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