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soft links and windows prompt

As I like to use cygwintools also from windows prompt, I added
f:\cygwin\bin to the path. No problem here.

One probles is when I try to gunzip... gzip.exe is a "normal" exe, while
gunzip.exe (while showing up as a symlink from bash) is not a real exe
but a text file containing "!<symlink>gzip.exe" (though symlink creates
with "ln -s" create a linkname.lnk, as somewhat supported by windows
itself (not in the prompt AFAIK)).. the problem is that windows executes
gunzip.exe as it was a real exe and, obviously, dumps.
Same problem with python.exe -> python2.2.exe and so on.

I found useful to delete the symlinked gunzip.exe and use instead a hard
link (created with "ln")... as of this morning I didn't know NTFS
supported that and I was pretty impressed when "ln" worked perfectly ;)

Regarding the "dump problem"... is that ".exe containing !<symlink>" an
"old" method to create symlinks?

Lapo 'Raist' Luchini (PGP & X.509 keys available) (ICQ UIN: 529796)

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