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From James A. Sutherland <>
Subject Re: Brain picking - unix vs nt behavior
Date Thu, 09 Nov 2000 10:17:15 GMT
On Thu, 09 Nov 2000, you wrote:
> "William A. Rowe, Jr." <> wrote:
> >
> >  NTFS does not keep stats (that I have been able to put
> >my fingers on) about hardlinks vs. the 'real' file.  They
> >are as one, in a sort of zen way.  So there is no tracking
> >of the authoritative file vs. 'the link'.  But we know that 
> >it is a linked entry by reference count.
> Sounds just like hard links in Unix, which we treat just like files
> with a link count of one. Doesn't NT have something like symlinks at
> all?

Hardlinks should be the same between Unix and NT - they were only included for
POSIX compliance, IIRC. The equivalent of symlinks was added in Win2k, and are
referred to as "reparse points" by MS...


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