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Date:      Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:47:23 -0400
From:      John Almberg <jalmberg@identry.com>
To:        Erik Trulsson <ertr1013@student.uu.se>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: links vs real directories
Message-ID:  <33BEAB1A-A0AB-4684-95EE-8C2C4328ABA7@identry.com>
In-Reply-To: <20090316153923.GA13043@owl.midgard.homeip.net>
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On Mar 16, 2009, at 11:39 AM, Erik Trulsson wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 11:22:13AM -0400, John Almberg wrote:
>> I always thought that links to real directories were pretty much the
>> same as real directories, but I've just discovered a situation where
>> they are not and I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong...
>
> A *soft* link to a directory entry (be it a directory or a file or  
> something
> else) is not quite equivalent to the original entry since they are  
> easily
> distinguished and some programs do treat softlinks differently from  
> other
> targets.

I can see that, now... If I create a soft link to ~/shared/config,  
and then cd into the directory, when I type 'ls ..', I get the  
listing for ~/shared, not ~/app.

Bummer...

I've just dug through man ln, and don't see any obvious solution.  
Since this must be a problem for anyone who wants to do something  
like this, I guess I am taking the wrong approach, altogether.

Will have to re-think this....

<smell of burning rubber commences...>

-- John




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