RFC: Reparse Point/NT Symlink Support [3]

Erich E. Hoover erich.e.hoover at gmail.com
Tue Aug 31 11:30:19 CDT 2021

On Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 10:24 AM Zebediah Figura (she/her)
<zfigura at codeweavers.com> wrote:
> ...
> How useful are Windows symlinks, though? As far as I understand normal
> users aren't allowed to create them by default, and only a few
> applications even bother using them for any reason. Granted, I might not
> have a particularly accurate picture of the situation.

Junction Points (effectively the same from our perspective) do not
require administrator privileges, so they're more common.

> Many applications break if there are symlinks in parts of the path they
> don't expect—in theory use of symlinks should be transparent if you're
> not asking for them, but they try to be symlink-aware and screw it up in
> one way or another (I can pull out bug reports if necessary). We have to
> kind of weirdly half-hide Unix symlinks to Windows applications as a result.

Yup, that's been super fun :)


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