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tramp 2.1.13-pre messed up symbolic link?

From: Yang Zhang
Subject: tramp 2.1.13-pre messed up symbolic link?
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 02:56:20 -0500

Hi all,

I discovered a problem with tramp. Basically I am using emacs on my Ubuntu 8.04 Linux machine (with kernel version 2.6.24-19-generic) with the pre-installed tramp package 2.1.13-pre. I use this to edit files on a remote machine (running Solaris 10).

Tramp seemed to have messed up the symbolic links. For example, on the remote machine, I have:

test.txt (a normal file)
test_link.txt -> test.txt (a symbolic link to test.txt)

I use my local emacs to open the "test_link.txt" through tramp. Opening was fine. But any editing and saving would mess things up. After saving changes, the files became:

test.txt is unchanged,
test_link.txt became a normal file and no longer a symbolic link
test_link.txt~ became a symbolic link points to test.txt

A while back, I posted an article here that the emacs on windows vista with tramp had the exact problem. At that time, the conclusion was that windows does not support unix symbolic link. But this time, it happened to my Linux machine, weird??

Anyone have any idea and thoughts?


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