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Authored by: R1 on Dec 20, '02 03:53:35AM

Interesting and accurate things have been said. It's important to add that neither symlink nor alias is better than the other. They actually both match their respective environments -CLI and GUI- in terms of flexibility.

Turn aliases into symlinks to make admins happy, and many users (we work for them, remember) won't find their needles in the hay anymore. Do the contrary and the system may behave strangely, finding things he's not supposed to be smart enough to find.

Symlinks' sin and virtue is that they don't follow an original when you move it. That means they're perfect for things that you don't rummage around with (inside the system, eg). Aliases' sin an virtue is that they do follow originals, which suits most end users.

As for hard links, I would strongly advise against them for anyone who doesn't stick to CLI. My Finder growls every time he sees one, it can't really decide what it is. Forget hard links in the Finder, you'll feel better...

One of the -already mentioned- ways of making everyone happy would be to update the system so that it resolves aliases as if they were symlinks. But I would reeealy think twice about possible consequences if I was in charge of the project.



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Authored by: apetersen on Jul 11, '03 04:15:23PM

Hey people.

Im having some problems which i hope i can get some help with.
Here is the issue. I run a couple of windows 2000 servers. On 1 of these servers i made a symbolic link to 1 of the other server, this workes fine with all the pc user machines, but all the mac's just see this link as a empty folder. I checked if it matters if it's OS X or later... It doesn't :(
Any 1 have any bright ideas to what to do...?
Neeed help



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