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Saturday December 02, 2006
04:38 PM

Windows continues to surprise me!

[ #31787 ]

Positively or negatively? Well, just judge from what I have to say...

I have recently read in PerlMonks GrandFather's guide about installing CPAN on a Windows system. I'm not discussing this guide, though, but noticed that it mentioned in passing a program called Junction, which he recommends to use to create a "real" (NTFS) link to some directory/folder. (The guide says a hard one, but the referenced description of the program talks about symbolic ones. Whatever...)

When I read that, I was about to reply to the effect of mentioning fsutil which I also discovered quite recently, and which gives the Windows user the possibility of doing some fs operations common under other osen. On a second thought and on a more careful reading I realized I was wrong: for one thing fsutil seems to only support hard links, but what's more is that it doesnt' work with directories at all. E.g.:

C:\temp>mkdir foo

C:\temp>fsutil hardlink create bar foo
Errore:  Accesso negato.

So while reading of sparse articles already informed me that NTFS has some interesting features (where "interesting" may include, say, "interesting for some *NIX programmer") I'm surprised that it supports directory symlinks, and I'm happy to know. I'm even more surprised that something that conceptually simple, and in other osen also practically just as simple, should require a suitable third part utility...

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