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Re: ln and mkshortcut inconsistent in handling of .exe extension
- From: Matt Swift <swift at alum dot mit dot edu>
- To: Cygwin List <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 18:02:50 -0400
- Subject: Re: ln and mkshortcut inconsistent in handling of .exe extension
- References: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> "L" == Larry wrote:
L> 'ln' and 'mkshortcut' have different behavior for a reason. See
L> The difference is why 'mkshortcut' exists. Otherwise, we'd just have
L> 'ln' (which is all we had for quite some time until the need for
L> different behavior was realized).
I had seen that discussion. I found no discussion of the particular
interaction of shortcuts/symlinks and the special handling of the .exe
extension. To predict the results of the commands I listed, I had to
Second, I still don't understand why `ln' shouldn't behave the way I
suggested: how is it better the way it is than if `ln -s' never
created broken shortcuts and 'ln' (hardlink) defaulted to a target of
"foo.exe" when the supplied target "foo" doesn't exist?
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