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From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
To: Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab@gmail.com>
Cc: Johannes Sixt <j6t@kdbg.org>,
	Git Mailing List <git@vger.kernel.org>,
	Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>,
	Daniel Jacques <dnj@google.com>,
	Johannes Schindelin <Johannes.Schindelin@gmx.de>,
	Steffen Prohaska <prohaska@zib.de>,
	John Keeping <john@keeping.me.uk>, Stan Hu <stanhu@gmail.com>,
	Richard Clamp <richardc@unixbeard.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/3] Makefile: optionally symlink libexec/git-core binaries to bin/git
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:21:48 -0700
Message-ID: <CA+55aFwU5fwWx2+DdBp=XCpG2Orx+rA8KxPVtGHxpgHAZs=h2Q@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <87y3ivdkvp.fsf@evledraar.gmail.com>

On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 3:14 AM, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
<avarab@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 14 2018, Johannes Sixt jotted:
>>
>> It is important to leave the default at hard-linking the binaries,
>> because on Windows symbolic links are second class citizens (they
>> require special privileges and there is a distinction between link
>> targets being files or directories). Hard links work well.
>
> Yeah makes sense. I just want to add this as an option, and think if
> it's proven to be un-buggy we could probably turn it on by default on
> the *nix's if people prefer that, but yeah, we'll definitely need the
> uname detection.

I definitely would prefer to make symlinks the default on unix.

It's what we used to do (long long ago), and as you pointed out, it's
a lot clearer what's going on too when you don't have to look at inode
numbers and link counts.

Forcing hardlinking everywhere by default just because Windows
filesystems suck donkey ass through a straw is not the right thing
either.

                Linus

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Thread overview: 28+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-03-06 23:34 What's cooking in git.git (Mar 2018, #02; Tue, 6) Junio C Hamano
2018-03-07 12:34 ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-08  9:22   ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-08 13:12     ` Daniel Jacques
2018-03-13 12:36       ` Why don't we symlink libexec/git-core/* to bin/git? Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 18:36         ` Junio C Hamano
2018-03-13 19:32           ` Randall S. Becker
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 0/3] Makefile: add a INSTALL_SYMLINKS option Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 1/3] Makefile: fix broken bindir_relative variable Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 2/3] Makefile: add a gitexecdir_relative variable Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-13 20:39           ` [PATCH 3/3] Makefile: optionally symlink libexec/git-core binaries to bin/git Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-14  7:20             ` Johannes Sixt
2018-03-14 10:14               ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-14 17:21                 ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2018-03-15 17:05                   ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-15 17:42                     ` Linus Torvalds
2018-03-16 11:48                       ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-16 12:43                         ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-19 11:34                           ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-19 21:21                             ` Linus Torvalds
2018-03-15 17:03               ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-14 10:18         ` Why don't we symlink libexec/git-core/* to bin/git? Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2018-03-14 16:07           ` Junio C Hamano
2018-03-15 17:16             ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-16 17:29               ` Duy Nguyen
2018-03-30  8:59                 ` Johannes Schindelin
2018-03-09  6:15 ` What's cooking in git.git (Mar 2018, #02; Tue, 6) Martin Ågren
2018-03-09  9:54   ` Duy Nguyen
2018-03-09 17:19   ` Junio C Hamano

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