[Mageia-discuss] Symbolic links in Windows 7
laidlaws at hotkey.net.au
Mon Jul 9 05:39:03 CEST 2012
On Sun, 08 Jul 2012 23:34:32 -0400
andre999 <andre999mga at laposte.net> wrote:
> Doug Laidlaw a écrit :
> > I made this one from Linux. I can't even see them in Windows. They
> > seem to count as hidden files.
> msw has had symbolic links not recognisable as such by Linux for a
> long time, by default hidden under msw.
> What you observe seems to indicate that msw7 has migrated to
> unix-style symbolic links.
> Interesting. Gradually Microsoft is adopting more and more unix (and
> Linux-compatible) features.
> (BTW, it would be easier for others to respond point by point if you
> and others didn't top post.)
Normally I don't. But the first reply was top-posted, so I kept going
in the same direction.
> > Doug.
> > On Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:08:06 -0700
> > Jeff Robins<jeffrobinssae at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> NTFS has had symbolic links for a long time. I think since at least
> >> win2k, but no one used them, even MS. I don't think you could even
> >> make them with the normal tools.
> >> --Jeff
> >> On Jul 8, 2012 7:37 AM, "Doug Laidlaw"<laidlaws at hotkey.net.au>
> >> wrote:
> >>> Everybody probably knows this except me :(
> >>> Browsing my new Windows 7 installation, I noticed a lot of
> >>> symbolic links, identified by Linux as such. AFAIK, this is new
> >>> in Win7; it wasn't there in WinXP, which I have been using.
> >>> I have just used this advantage to get around the following
> >>> problem:
> >>> Directories with spaces can be excluded in rsnapshot, by replacing
> >>> the space with a ?, but a bug in rsync prevents directories with
> >>> spaces from being backed up at all. In the parent Windows
> >>> directory, I created a symlink without spaces for the inaccessible
> >>> sub-directory. I was able to create it and add it
> >>> to /etc/rsnapshot.conf, and the backup proceeded to completion.
> >>> Changing the name of the subdirectory would probably have made it
> >>> unusable by its Windows app. If Windows hadn't allowed it, I
> >>> would have put the link somewhere in Linux.
> You can also rename directories in msw, to remove spaces, or just
> make shorter.
> >>> Doug.
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