Re: Hamm Bug Stamp-Out List for June 25, 1998
On 26 Jun 1998, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >>"Bdale" == Bdale Garbee <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Bdale> If you're working in a multi-machine networked environment,
> Bdale> and are accessing another system using NFS (particularly with
> Bdale> an automounted host map), an absolute link can easily violate
> Bdale> "the principle of least astonishment"... if you are tracking
> Bdale> down a remote machine's filesystems, and cross an absolute
> Bdale> symbolic link, you're back on your local system's filesystem!
> Bdale> That's almost never what you meant, or what you wanted.
> On the other hand, if you are using automount, or AFS, or DFS,
> or even, in some environments, NFS, you may keep all mounts
> under, say, /mnt (eg /usr -> /mnt/i386/usr), in which case, any
> relative links between top level directories loose.
> In this case, a relative symlink also violates the princple of
> least astonishment, and indeed, does not even work.
> I think, on balance, the policy works for the most common
Thanks for quoting Policy on this. Upon reading the "actual" text, I don't
think this policy applies to libc6-dev.
> 3.3.5. Symbolic links
> In general, symbolic links within a toplevel directory should be
> relative, and symbolic links pointing from one toplevel directory into
> another should be absolute. (A toplevel directory is a sub-directory
> of the root directory `/'.)
Note: "from one toplevel directory into another"
The links are from /usr/lib, which is a subdirectory of a top level
directory. Yes, it points to a top level directory, but that only satifies
one half of the above criterion.
> In addition, symbolic links should be specified as short as possible,
> i.e., link targets like `foo/../bar' are depreciated.
I guess I'm just stupid ;-) but I don't understand what the example is
trying to tell me.
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