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Old 12-01-2005, 11:46 AM   #1
smidgie82
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What's wrong with symlinks?


I don't know if this is standard behavior or not, but I'm guessing it is, since it's way too obvious to have been overlooked. I have web content stored in a directory (~/public_html/images/), and I reuse this same content in several different sites served off of the same server (served from ~/html/dir1, ~/html/dir2, etc.). So, in each site, I created a symlink to the directory (~/html/dir1/images --> ~/public_html/images).

So now, I go to ~/html/dev/images/:
Code:
cd ~/html/dev/images/
Now, if I try to go back to ~/html/dev/ from there:
Code:
cd ..
it works just fine. However, from ~/html/dev/images/, if I
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cp file1 ..
it winds up in ~/public_html/, not ~/html/dev/! Is there a way to change this behavior? If not, can someone at least explain the rationale behind it?

Last edited by smidgie82; 12-21-2005 at 05:09 PM. Reason: Make title more informative to encourage more replies.
 
Old 12-01-2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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cd .. && cp images/file .

... maybe

Seriously, I don't have the solution but I do admire your problem. I remember reading a plan9 document with title "What's wrong with symlinks" or something like that that might be of help, but unfortunately I'm unable to locate it right now
 
Old 12-21-2005, 05:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I've done some searching since the original post, and I haven't been able to find any explanation for the rationale... I'm gonna do some kernel hacking and see if I can't change this behavior.

I went ahead and changed the thread title to make it more informative. Anyone else have input?

Thanks!
 
  


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