Subject: Re: man links: hard/symbolic
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
Date: 04/23/1999 18:33:14
On Fri, 23 Apr 1999, Greg A. Woods wrote:
: > So it seems that the man pages in the sets use hard links, not symbolic
: > links, to link man pages that share text. This has a big drawback: it
: > makes compressing the shipped man pages nearly impossible without *lots* of
: > funny work.
: What exactly is difficult about it? How much is "*lots*"? Isn't the
: compression done before the installation and linking?
I'm talking about files shipped in the binary *sets*. I can set symlinks if
I build from source, but I'm not about to build from source on all the
machines I administer.
: Wouldn't it be best to do so anyway even if you used symlinks,
: because if you try to do the compression afterwards you still have to
: search out and update all the symlinks (about the same difficulty as
: renaming all hard-links, I'd say)
Doing that for hard-links from a binary set is more difficult than renaming
the targets and names of symlinks. Symlinks need only a little awk magic
whereas matching up hard links is much more difficult.
-- Todd Vierling (Personal firstname.lastname@example.org; Bus. email@example.com)