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Re: `CYGWIN=winsymlinks:nativestrict`, `ln -s target link` fails if target doesn't exist

Greetings, Eric Blake!

> On 04/28/2016 05:06 PM, Andrey Repin wrote:
>>> Bottom line, I think the native symlink creation code should be
>>> checked and a possibility should be added to create links to
>>> non-existent targets, rather than the current behavior of failing.
>> This is actually an arguable behavior, even in Linux. I can imagine the
>> behavior is "undefined" in such a case.

> POSIX says a symlink to a missing target is perfectly well-defined (you
> can't stat() through it, but you can readlink() it). But Windows native
> symlinks can't do that.  So the problems you are encountering all stem
> from the fact that you are trying to make Windows do something it can't.

My initial reaction was that, too, but I tried mklink (CMD internal command)

  mklink x y

and it created the symlink in the empty directory just fine.

With best regards,
Andrey Repin
Friday, April 29, 2016 07:40:02

Sorry for my terrible english...

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