Want to map symbolic links as Windows Shortcuts

Green, Paul Paul.Green at stratus.com
Mon Apr 23 16:46:01 GMT 2001

I am responsible for the port of Samba 2.0.7 to the Stratus VOS
fault-tolerant operating system. The port has gone well and we are in beta
test now.  Thanks to everyone for creating and maintaining such a
high-quality product.

I have noticed that Windows is able to list a directory and accurately
portray which entries are shortcuts, but that when Windows lists a VOS
directory using Samba, all of the VOS symbolic links are listed as real
files or real directories.  I have assumed that Unix folks must not be big
users of symbolic links...but VOS users do use them fairly often.

I poked around in the source code, but the message formats that Samba uses
to communicate with the client aren't exactly transparent. Short of
capturing and decoding some packets (ugh), I don't see how to mark the reply
so that Windows knows the object is a shortcut.  

Is there a way to map symbolic links to Windows shortcuts and I just don't
see it?   Does anyone at least know the necessary Windows message format so
I can code up a trial solution?

Many thanks,
S T R A T U S    C O M P U T E R
111 Powdermill Road
Maynard, MA 01754-3409 U.S.A.

Paul Green
Senior Technical Consultant
TEL +1 (978) 461-7557
FAX +1 (978) 461-3610

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