Speeding up Cygwin deployment

fergus fergus@bonhard.uklinux.net
Mon Sep 25 09:01:00 GMT 2006

>> C:\cygwin\usr\share\man\man1\allec.1
>> C:\cygwin\usr\X11R6\lib\X11\doc\html\atobm.1.html

I don't have a system against which to check this conjecture, but if you do
a DOS attrib on each of these files my guess is that the first is created as
a +R symlink and the second as a +S symlink*; and if you do a DOS dir the
first will be revealed as a .lnk file and the second will not. It looks to
me as though the zipper you're using understands and can re-create files of
the first sort, but the second goes wrong.

(Or maybe even +S +H which might help explain its invisibility, but don't
think so.)

For different but similar reasons (the need to copy an entire Cygwin system
to other file systems via a DVD which can faithfully transfer +R but not +S
files whilst preserving these attributes) I have gone through the system
re-creating all original +S symlinks as +R. If the above conjecture is true
/ looks as though it might be true, and if you think this re-creation might
help I can send you the script.


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