1.7.7 ln & .exe magic

Eric Blake eblake@redhat.com
Wed Sep 15 17:25:00 GMT 2010

On 09/15/2010 11:03 AM, Rolf Campbell wrote:
> --------test case-------
>  From bash, in an empty directory:
> $ ln /bin/ls t
> $ ls
> t.exe
> ------------------------
> Why does the resulting hard link have a '.exe' suffix on it? I thought
> that cygwin .exe magic was only appending when listing a file?

If the original file ends in .exe, then cp tries hard to make the target 
also end in .exe.  The .exe magic for invoking 'ls' (instead of ls.exe) 
will therefore let you also invoke 't' (instead of t.exe), while still 
letting you run .\t from cmd (where the lack of a .exe suffix would 
break that attempt).  So the .exe magic is more than just when listing a 

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