Re: [Mingw-msys] Changing the font
On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM, dmccunney wrote:
> I'm not sure whether I'm encountering a bug or just getting bitten by
> lack of knowledge.
The latter is what I'm thinking. BTW, support for MSYS happens on
mingw-user, the documentation needs changed.
> NTFS5 supports hard links for files and junctions for directories. I
> use Hermann Schinagl's Link Shell Extension
> which provides context menu entries to create and manipulate such
> things. Under Win2K/WinXP it does hard links out of the box. Under
> Vista/Win7 it supports proper symbolic links, too.*
> I wanted a *nix like file system, so I used LSE to create a junction,
> and have Msys/1.0/bin appear as /bin. That works fine. I
> subsequently decided I'd prefer it to appear as /usr/bin, deleted the
> old junction, and created a new one. That did *not* work fine. The
> junction was created, /usr/bin shows in the file system and I can list
> the files in it, but attempting to actually execute any of them fails.
> I can type the command at the prompt and I simply return to the
> prompt with the command not actually running. If I create the
> junction as /bin, things work. It appears Msys tools only work
> correctly through junctions created off of root, and fail if the
> junction is created off a sub-directory. This seems to be Msys
> specific, as I have other sets on Win32 ports of *nix utilities, like
> the Gnuwin32 collection, that do work as expected.
> Right now, I have Msys mapped via a junction as /bin, and can live
> with it. But I'm curious: *should* creating the junction as /usr/bin
> have worked, or am I running into an inherent limit in how Msys works,
> or have I found a bug?
Why? When you start the MSYS shell it maps itself already to / and
/usr. What are you trying to accomplish?
> * And too my surprise, a recent update to LSE pointed to an open
> source driver written by a Japanese developer that enables true
> symlinks in 2K and XP. NTFS5 has the underlying infrastructure to
> support symlinks, but it's not exposed by the 2k/XP kernel. The
> driver amends that oversite.
MSYS when I forked Cygwin to develop it did not have a Windows
junction or a Windows symlink to rely on and the way Cygwin had
emulated it did not work for a native application. Therefore it was
removed and the functions return ENOSYS error.
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