Symlinks support status?

Dan North tastapod at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 08:10:21 CST 2007


On 11/5/07, Marcin Kasperski <Marcin.Kasperski at softax.com.pl> wrote:

> [...]


> On the other hand: what about discussing about specific systems
> instead of 'general case'? Namely - Windows. They do not have
> symlinks, but they have those .LNK files which to some degree
> work as symlink, at least for GUI tools. Maybe it would make
> sense to convert symlinks to .LNKs?


Actually Windows (more specifically NTFS) does support symlinks. They are
called "junction points" and are restricted to local directories only (i.e.
you can't link to another drive and you can't point to an individual file).
See http://tinyurl.com/yg6re4 for a utility for playing with them.

Now I'm not saying that NTFS isn't rubbish (it is) and slow (it is), but it
does at least have a half-assed implementation of symlinks.

What was the thread about again?

Cheers,
Dan
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