[PATCH 1/2] Treat Windows Store's "app execution aliases" as symbolic links

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Mon Mar 15 10:17:41 GMT 2021

On Mar 13 19:41, Joe Lowe via Cygwin-patches wrote:
> Hi Johannes,
> I agree on the usefulness to the user of showing appexec target executable
> as symlink target. But I am uncertain about the effect on code.
> One example: Any app that is able to archive/copy posix symlinks will
> convert the appexec to a symlink and silently drop the appexec data. Whether
> this is a significant issue depends on if most/all relevent store apps
> function the same when the executable is exec-ed directly vs via the appexec
> link.

You won't get a sufficent, POSIX-like handling one way or the other.
Handling them as files will not allow correct archiving either, because
the reparse point data required to restore them correctly to work in
Windows won't be archived anyway.  There's only so much we can do in the
Windows environment.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I'd just like to postpone this patch to get 3.2.0 out.  I'll add that
patch to the inevitable 3.2.1 release, given the massive testing of
3.2.0-0.1 on the Cygwin ML...


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