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Re: GNUnification

   Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 18:09:54 -0400
   From: Raul Miller <rdm@test.legislate.com>

   One caution: umsdos (which provides for unix-like operations under a
   dos file system) is buggy, and these bugs are not likely to be fixed.

   In particular, there's problems with multiply linked files and renaming

   Multiply linked files are implemented with a cannonical name, and
   if a directory in the path to the canonical instance of the file changes,
   all hardlinks to that file break.

This is true; in the Hurd version of umsdos I plan to prohibit hard
links entirely; there's just no other way.  (Simulating hard links
with symlinks, which essentially what the Linux umsdos does, is
totally wrong IMHO.)

In any case, that means that the "friendly install" idea requires
certain minimal support from the underlying filesystem.  Not a big
serious problem.


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