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Re: Hamm frozen, Slink created

On Thu, 2 Apr 1998, Brian White wrote:

> > > I wonder, have you ever considered using hardlinks? It seems to me that
> > > would eliminate a lot of problems people have mirroring things (if mirror
> > > programs handle them correctly), and simplify your work too.
> >
> > Hard links would specially help with the msdos directory, as several
> > dos/windows ftp clients don't follow symlinks and the user ends up with a
> > bunch of zero length files.
> <puzzled look>  That seems odd.  Wouldn't be the ftp server that deals with
> following the symlinks to the correct file?  Or does the ftp client read
> the size out of the "dir" and only allow that many bytes?

It is the ftp client which decides (if it has the brains) to take
advantage of the servers ability to follow symlinks (mc has a radio button
for "follow symlinks" in its copy dialog that works via the ftp file
system in the desired way)

DOS hasn't the faintest inkling of what a symlink is. As a result several
trumpet-winsock clients don't do the right thing, resulting in an archive
of zero length files.


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