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From "J.Pietschmann" <>
Subject Re: Cygwin tester needed
Date Tue, 25 Mar 2003 22:12:14 GMT
Stefan Bodewig wrote:
 > you invoke must be a symlink (is this possible on Cygwin?)

Cygwin apparently has its own symlink mechanism. From my current
installation, the content of /cygwin/bin/aclocal-1.7 is
Note that there are also the .lnk files inherited from Win95,
which are interpreted by Explorer components but probably
not handled by Cygwin (I didn't try), and NTFS has also its
own capability for symlinks, though I doubt this was ever
used for production.

> Cygwin - as I have no idea how it handles absolute paths.

The problem is that drive letter+colon combinations can be
interpreted as a path, you can e.g. do
   ls c:
and get the dir listing of your C drive. Valid drive letters can
change dynamically both due to innvoking mount/umount commands and
Windows drive mounts.
Internally such names are mapped to path names like /cygdrive/c
(prefix is configurable, so YMMV).
It is possible that cygpath can be used to expand C: to /cygdrive/c
in shell scripts, there ought to be a manual explaining this...


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