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Re: [Bug-stow] Small feature requests...

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: [Bug-stow] Small feature requests...
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 15:25:37 +0200

   > > o --copy-instead-of-link=DEST[,DEST1, ...]
   > > 
   > >  This would copy all files that would end up in DEST instead of
   > >  symlinking them.  And example use of this might be to have no
   > >  symlinks in /etc, but literal files, and have the original files in
   > >  the package directory.  Note that this should probobly not abort on
   > >  conflicts...
   > I am not sure about this one. It may confuse people. What do you think
   > Gael ?

   Hum, how are you supposed to unstow then ? By comparing files, to
   know if it's the right one ? I can understand the need, but I'm not
   sure it really fits stow's usage...

Unstowing would do nothing to the copied files (maybe report an
message to the user would be nice). I imagined it to work the same way
as if you would by hand replace each symlink with the literal file and
then when you unstow, stow notices that it doesn't belong to any
package and skips that file.  I think that this is the current
behaviour of stow right now when it sees an literal file.  The less
stow tries to guess for the user the better IMHO.

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