CIFS symlinks on network share break Cygwin

Corinna Vinschen
Thu Feb 7 00:21:00 GMT 2008

On Feb  6 11:13, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Feb  5 12:08, Jonathan Lanier wrote:
> >   And that
> > gives me a totally crazy idea - wouldn't it be nice if there were a
> > standardized, open set of extensions to allow Windows applications to
> > access native symlinks, attributes, and permissions over remote network
> > shares?  If there were such a thing, Cygwin could totally use that to
> > have seamless Unix-style integration with networks, as could other
> > applications.  If such a thing doesn't exist, it should.  If the CIFS
> > protocol already supports it, it should be exposed in the Windows OS.
> > Who do I need to vote for to make this happen?  :)
> It would sure be nice, but it's quite hard to get to.
> I'll ask on the samba developer list if there's interest to expose
> symlinks to Windows apps which know how to handle them.

For those of you interested what's going on, I started a discussion
on the samba-technical mailing list.  I proposed to use Extended
Attributes, because AFAICS, it's the most simple and most transparent
way to handle symlinks.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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