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Re: Utility to dereference Windows shortcuts?
- From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot edu>
- To: Rob <rob2 at siklos dot ca>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 16:22:27 -0400 (EDT)
- Subject: Re: Utility to dereference Windows shortcuts?
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
On Tue, 12 Aug 2003, Rob wrote:
> > > I understand that Windows shortcuts and symlinks are different and the
> > > reasons why they are different. However, I want to be able to process
> > > files pointed to by Windows shortcuts using Cygwin utilities. In order
> > > to be able to do this, I need a utility that will take a Windows
> > > shortcut name, xxx.lnk, and return either a Cygwin (preferred) or
> > > Windows path to the target of the shortcut. I could then do something
> > > like:
> > >
> > > cyg_utility `shortcut_deref win_shortcut.lnk`
> > >
> > > Does this utility exist? If not, does anyone have sufficient information
> > > on the Windows shortcut structure to allow me to write one?
> > >
> > > Thanks.
> > Take a look at the source of mkshortcut in the cygutils package. If you
> > do write a "readshortcut" program, please consider submitting it to Chuck
> > Wilson for inclusion into the cygutils package (as a complement to
> > mkshortcut).
> > Igor
> I'm working on this. The functionality is pretty much done and working, in
> addition to cygutils integration. Now I just have to make it presentable.
> This will either be done in a couple days, or in a couple of weeks (getting
> married this weekend).
> If you want something basic that you can use in the meanwhile, I can post a
> binary somewhere.
> Rob Siklos.
Better post the source when it's ready... ;-) Until then, I believe
people can make do with rudimentary tools, such as the "Shortcut
Properties" feature of Windows Explorer.
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