Add support for creating native windows symlinks

Corinna Vinschen
Mon Dec 19 16:00:00 GMT 2011

On Dec 18 12:16, Russell Davis wrote:
> Can someone respond to this? If there's a problem with my suggested
> approach I'd like to know what it is. Let me know if clarification is
> needed. Thanks...

I don't think it's the right approach to let Cygwin create symlinks
which are only partially usable in the POSIX environment, even if only
after explicitely enabling them(*).  I agree with Andy and Daniel that
using a special tool like Daniel's winln for this purpose is the way to


(*) Actually I wished desparately I hadn't included the "winsymlink"
    setting.  It seemed such a good idea at the time, but the extra
    code necessary to support .lnk symlinks transparently is a big

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