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Re: tar and symlinks

Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 28, 2001 at 12:51:39PM -0400, Charles S. Wilson wrote:
> >I just noticed something with my recent ncurses-5.2-5 update.  When I
> >did the "make install prefix=/tmp/usr" step, /tmp/usr/man/man3/*
> >contained a lot of symbolic links.  Since I did this under cygwin-1.3.1
> >without the "useoldsymlinks" switch (whatever it is), these symbolic
> >links were the "new" kind; Windows understood them.
> >
> >However, after I created the tarball & ran setup on it to actually
> >install the new ncurses on my system prior to uploading it, I discoved
> >that the symlinks in /usr/man/man3 thus created were OLD style.
> setup.exe only understands how to create old-style symlinks currently.
> I think that this is a good thing until cygwin 1.3.1 is more widely
> accepted.
> So, maybe in three months or so we'll upgrade setup.exe to use the new
> style but, for now, I think it is doing the right thing.

Sounds ok to me.  BUT, tar.exe all by itself behaves the same way.  Is
that *also* the "right thing"?  I'm not sure.


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