Re: Hamm frozen, Slink created
email@example.com (Dale Scheetz) wrote on 03.04.98 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.980403112304.2421Ofirstname.lastname@example.org>:
> On Fri, 3 Apr 1998, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > Previously Jules Bean wrote:
> > > I suggest we stick a working DOS FTP client in tools.
> > One for each network stack out there? And instruct them how to install
> > network stacks, packet drivers, etc.? Just tell people to use a proper FTP
> > (the FTP from Win95 seems to work fine).
> This doesn't address the problem of the symlinks on a CD.
Of course not. Those are a completely separate problem that has absolutely
no relation at all to the FTP one.
> The msdos directory is intended to be copied onto a dos partition, using
> dos tools, but because of the symlinks, it just doesn't work. This makes
> the msdos directory on a CD totally worthless.
If you include the msdos directory on the CD, then I assume that will
indeed be it's purpose. And in that case, something different than
symlinks seems indeed to be a good idea.
Unless, of course, you intend to have an FTP mirror live off that CD, in
which case you're in trouble. But I see no good reason to do that, anyway.
Different problems, different solutions.
> I built my last custom CDs with the symlinks replace by hardlinks (thanks
> to a script from Guy, which now lives in bit heaven). This made the CD
> useful on a dos machine, but when you try to copy the whole CD into a
> Linux directory, the hardlinked files come over as copies of the file
> instead of links. (I think this is because the node number of the hardlink
> doesn't match the node number of the copy of the "linked to" file)
If the inode numbers don't match, they're not hard links. Maybe there's a
different feature to use on iso9660 format.
> I probably will not do this again in the future, simply because it is very
> hard to impliment (converting symlinks to hard links) and it serves a very
> limited audience.
Converting symlinks to hard links is very easy:
find . -type l -printf "( cd %h; rm %f; ln %l %f ) \n" | sh
(See "man find".)
I have no idea how hard it is to put hard links on an iso9660 image
(probably with rockridge extensions), however.
> For those same reasons we probably aught not to worry to much about the
> situation in the archives.
Completely different situation.
(Do I sound like a broken record? I sure feel that way.)
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