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From: Christian Franke <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] Add more winsymlinks values
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:24:13 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
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Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Jul 19 17:31, Jon Turney wrote:
>> I'm not sure this is the best idea, since it adds more configurations that
>> aren't going to get tested often, but the idea is that this would enable
>> proper and consistent control of the symlink type used from setup, as
>> discussed in [1].
>> [1]
> Why isn't it sufficient to use 'winsymlinks:native' from setup?
> The way we express symlinks shouldn't be a user choice, really.  The
> winsymlinks thingy was only ever introduced in a desperate attempt to
> improve access to symlinks from native tools, and I still don't see a
> way around that.  But either way, what's the advantage in allowing the
> user complete control over the type, even if the type is only useful in
> Cygwin?

WSL compatible symlinks introduce several issues with non-Cygwin 
Copy/Archive/Backup tools (robocopy behaves strange, 7-Zip stores these 
as empty files, ...). If WSL itself is not used on a machine, there is 
possibly no benefit using such symlinks for Cygwin there.

I usually prefer the old "magic" cookie SYSTEM files, in particular on 
portable installs for "rescue" purposes. Patch 2/3 would allow to select 

+1 from me for this enhancement.


  reply	other threads:[~2021-07-21 10:24 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 12+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-07-19 16:31 Jon Turney
2021-07-19 16:31 ` [PATCH 1/3] Rename WSYM_sysfile to WSM_default Jon Turney
2021-07-19 16:31 ` [PATCH 2/3] Add winsymlinks:magic Jon Turney
2021-07-19 16:31 ` [PATCH 3/3] Add winsymlinks:wslstrict Jon Turney
2021-07-21  8:19 ` [PATCH 0/3] Add more winsymlinks values Corinna Vinschen
2021-07-21 10:24   ` Christian Franke [this message]
2021-07-22  8:03     ` Corinna Vinschen
2021-07-22 13:53   ` Jon Turney
2021-07-22 14:21     ` Corinna Vinschen
2021-07-28 19:55       ` Jon Turney
2021-07-29 10:23         ` Corinna Vinschen
2021-07-29 10:40           ` Corinna Vinschen

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