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From Max Birkoff <>
Subject support for symlinks
Date Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:41:10 GMT

I would like to add support for symlinks to: and friends.

I have examined the archives at:
and cannot see the matter discussed there.

I have seen the warning:
  Ant is not symbolic link aware in moves, deletes and when recursing down a tree of directories
to build up a list of files. Unexpected things can happen.

Before sending patches, I would like to determine if there is a reason that this has not been
supported in the TarEntry class; it appears that the proper constants are present in TarConstants
and I can get at the linkflag through the writeEntryHeader method.

Thanks much in advance,



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