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Re: how to support symlinks?

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: how to support symlinks?
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 16:58:50 -0500
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Ok, you've got me curious.

On Wed, Feb 18, 2004 at 04:06:29PM -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> [...] a utility i read about
> in a 3-year-old posting called "symlinks" that uses a .symlinks file
> in each directory that will contain symlinks.

This seems to be the original reference to it:

Reading between the lines, I infer that the "symlinks" program
was developed as an internal utility for the GNU web site.
Perhaps it was never formally released to the public.  That seems
a bit surprising, for the FSF of all people, but it's not
actually contrary to the GPL :-)  Maybe the program was never
deemed to be of release quality.

  - The wording, "a simple mechanism has been implemented on the
    machine hosting the", suggests a quick-and-dirty
    local utility

  - The file's location is given as:
    which is an rcp-style pathname, not a URL

  - The directory part of that location is /usr/local/src, not a
    directory one usually finds in anon-ftp areas -- and
    certainly not one I recall ever seeing on (which
    has the same IP address as gnudist, btw)

Try asking the GNU webmasters, or other individuals who've
discussed the thing in the past.


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