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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-03-11 23:07:08

At 08:08 PM 3/11/2004, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard wrote:

>I don't believe Windows supports directory hard links. I assume though
>that you were referring to ``junctions.'' AFAIK, ``junctions'' do not
>keep the directory `alive', in that I don't believe there is any
>reference counting, nor do they appear as ordinary directories. Thus,
>they are more like absolute-path symbolic links than hard links, and I
>would say therefore it makes more sense to have them be supported by a
>symbolic link facility rather than by the hard link facility.

Here is what the discussion in the Windows Platform SDK docs says:

>A junction (also called a soft link) differs from a hard link in that the

>storage objects it references are separate directories, and a junction
>link directories located on different local volumes on the same computer.

>Otherwise, junctions operate identically to hard links.

But I take "Otherwise, junctions operate identically to hard links" with a
grain of salt, and would want to confirm such an assertion by testing.


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