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Re: bug: hard links to soft links do not work

On 1 Aug 2002, Sam Steingold wrote:

> > * In message <>
> > * On the subject of "Re: bug: hard links to soft links do not work"
> > * Sent on Thu, 1 Aug 2002 16:03:25 -0400
> > * Honorable Christopher Faylor <> writes:
> >
> > I don't think this is a 'ln' problem.  It's a cygwin problem.  If
> > cygwin is doing the wrong thing then it should, as Sam said, either be
> > made to work or fail, not provide binary gobbledegook.
> >
> > If this was to be made to work correctly, it would be pretty low level
> > in cygwin in the path_conv and symlink_check methods.
> >
> > It would be much easier to fail in this scenario rather than make it
> > work correctly, I think.
> actually, this is very easy:
> (defmethod hard-link :around (from to)
>   (if (symbolic-link-p to)
>       (symbolic-link from (resolve-symbolic-link to))
>       (call-next-method)))
> i.e., when the target is a symlink, you symlink to its target.
> think of a symlink as if it had no inode (like it is on a real FS),
> i.e., just a special dirent pointing to the target.
> Then the hardlink of a symlink is another symlink pointing to the same
> place, since the nature of hardlink is to create a file which is
> indistinguishable from the target.

The nature of a hardlink is actually slightly more than that.  I think the
inodes of the hardlink and the real file have to be the same.  This won't
happen if you just create a new symbolic link.
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