Want to map symbolic links as Windows Shortcuts

Scott Gifford sgifford at tir.com
Mon Apr 23 20:22:17 GMT 2001

"MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1)" <don_mccall at hp.com> writes:


> I don't THINK you would want Windows to treat UNIX symbolic links as
> if they were 'shortcuts.  If you WERE able to, Windows would
> probably throw up, because it would expect to get a LOT more
> information from that 'shortcut' than is actually there; evidence
> the properties that you can access by 'rightclicking' on a REAL
> windows shortcut file....

There are some other reasons you may not want Windows/Samba to do
this.  It's possible for symlinks on the Unix side to point to files
outside of the shared part of the filesystem; Samba will resolve
these, and serve up the appropriate file or directory.  It's also
possible for Windows shortcuts stored on a Samba share to point to a
local file on the user's hard drive.

Both of these would be very tricky to deal with automatically.


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