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Re: ln and mkshortcut inconsistent in handling of .exe extension
- From: Larry Hall <cygwin-lh at cygwin dot com>
- To: Matt Swift <swift at alum dot mit dot edu>, cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 16:20:23 -0400
- Subject: Re: ln and mkshortcut inconsistent in handling of .exe extension
- Reply-to: Cygwin List <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
At 02:23 PM 9/29/2003, Matt Swift you wrote:
> 2) The files "symlink-to-base" "symlink-to-base.exe" should have the
> .exe extension silently added to the Windows shortcut target: at
> present, the files are not valid Windows shortcuts (they appear
> to Windows Explorer as a shortcut, but have an empty "Target"
> which can not be altered in the usual way; the Comment field is
> correct). This behavior would match `mkshortcut''s, which adds
> the .exe extension to the Target when it is not supplied on the
> command-line (what appeared on the command-line appears verbatim
> in the Comment field, however).
'ln' and 'mkshortcut' have different behavior for a reason. See
The difference is why 'mkshortcut' exists. Otherwise, we'd just have
'ln' (which is all we had for quite some time until the need for
different behavior was realized).
Larry Hall http://www.rfk.com
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