Subject: Re: Hard links -> symlink
To: Greg Hudson <email@example.com>
From: Ted Lemon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/17/1995 16:04:17
> I can easily cause cgd's i386 install script to break by asking it to
> create a /usr/sbin partition, for instance. You or I may not consider
> this a very good way to separate out an installation, but is it
> acceptable that this should fail?
Hm. Does tar crash? If so, there's an easy fix - make tar copy the
file if the link() syscall fails. I think this is better behaviour
than having tar die anyway, although I'm sure somebody will disagree.
> If you and cgd honestly think this is a better answer, I can cause
> LINKS to do this instead, but I get the feeling it's a red herring.
I think that symlinks in installs are a bad thing - just as bad as
hard links. They can both cause problems if you do something
non-standard. However, my real feeling about this is that it isn't
sufficiently evil to require any change to be made, and if a change
does need to be made, I'm not at all sure you're making it in the
However, I have no veto power over what you do - I'm not in core, and
neither is cgd anymore (I don't know what he things about this, in any
case). I'm just telling you what I would do if I were to run into the