ln -s exe magic (coreutils 6.7-2)
Wed Jan 24 13:45:00 GMT 2007
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According to Corinna Vinschen on 1/24/2007 2:48 AM:
> This looks rather like a problem with the exe magic in coreutils. FWIW,
> I never liked the idea to create "foo.exe.lnk" symlinks. They only slow
> down the symlink processing in Cygwin.
Should we get rid of the special processing in cygwin 1.7.0?
Right now, ./foo could invoke one of ./foo, ./foo.exe, ./foo.lnk, or
./foo.exe.lnk. Removing support for foo.exe.lnk simplifies this case -
when checking for foo, you only have two fallbacks instead of three.
You can also do ./foo.exe, which invokes ./foo.exe or ./foo.exe.lnk. But
here, the .lnk fallback is already covered.
I'm having a tough time thinking of any scenarios that will break in a new
installation if we drop .exe.lnk support; and I'm only slightly worried
that existing cases, such as Pierre's example of /usr/sbin/sendmail.lnk
vs. /usr/sbin/sendmail.exe.lnk, tripping up users. I would be in favor of
such a change, especially since we can tie it to the fact that we are
bumping the major version number.
Don't work too hard, make some time for fun as well!
Eric Blake firstname.lastname@example.org
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