Creating a symlink to current directory does not display with ls as expected

Eric Blake
Wed Jun 22 00:44:00 GMT 2005

> Hi,
> I'm not sure if this is the right place for this, but I have a question
> about how ls on cygwin displays a symlink pointing to the current
> directory. 

Yep, this is the right place.

> When I do the following:
> # cd ~
> # ln -s here . 
> # ls -l here
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 gene.sally mkgroup      1 Jun 21 16:51 here ->
> I'm expecting the dereference to the symlink to display here -> . as
> this is the behavior on Linux.
> On cygwin, it appears that the "." does not display in the directory
> listing; however, the symlink works as expected, so this appears to me a
> cosmetic error.

I confirmed it, and it is weird (Ditto for "ln -s .. parent").  I'll investigate it further when I have more time, to see whether the fault lies in ls (part of coreutils) or is common to all cygwin programs using lstat.  The link is properly showing up as size 1, so it seems like the `.' should be printing.

Eric Blake
cygwin coreutils maintainer

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