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Symbolic and hard links in Vista's NTFS?

It sure would be nice to have those *nix features, and Vista's timeframe could give it the time needed to get those features done...

Has somebody created a “sym” for NTFS (i think “sym” is the command to create a link)?

It would solve so many directory maintenance problems, like when I try to keep up-to-date on Paul Wilson's ORMapper stuff, it comes as a complete “WilsonDotNetPremium” that obviously is mapped to his preferred directory structure... with symbolic links, I could unzip his zip file into a set of symbolic links that look like his structure but are physically on the drive in my directory strucutre (which includes version management and a branch for me to enhance)  Its such a nightmare to reintegrate Wilson's changes and reconcile them with code updates of my own that he maybe decided not to use.

This is an area of source code control integration that I really have not a whole lot of experience trying to tackle.  But symbolic links could sure help ;-)

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# re: Symbolic and hard links in Vista's NTFS?

Try linkd from Windows Resource Kit or Junction from Sysinternals.com that give you access to a built-in feature of NTFS since Windows NT 4.
10/3/2005 1:03 AM | Wesner Moise
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# re: Symbolic and hard links in Vista's NTFS?

Vista has unix style symlinks, try mklink at the command line :)
10/10/2005 6:42 PM | Windows Dev
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# re: Symbolic and hard links in Vista's NTFS?

I'll second Wesner's recommendation. SysInternals ' Junction works great.
10/27/2005 6:33 AM | John Watson
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# re: Symbolic and hard links in Vista's NTFS?

Sweet! I'll try that when I get the 5231 build installed.
10/29/2005 12:12 PM | Eric Newton
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