Speeding up Cygwin deployment

Larry Hall (Cygwin) reply-to-list-only-lh@cygwin.com
Mon Sep 25 13:33:00 GMT 2006

Vinod Gupta wrote:
>> >> 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. Fergus
> You are right. The first file has R and the second one has S attrib set. 
> So, I guess your script to change all the S attribs to R should work for 
> me too. Could you please send it to me.
> I am wondering:
> Why would they set these html files as System files?

Because they are apparently the "older style" Cygwin symlink.

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