On Fri, 15 Jun 2001 06:31:12 -0700 (PDT)
David Wolfskill <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

DW> Indeed: it is my understanding that the "path name" interpretation is
DW> an issue at the time of reference, not (necessarily) the time of
DW> creation.  It has, to the best of my knowledge, been valid to create a
DW> symlink prior to a point when its target exists.

        It has been on evey platform I have ever used ln -s on.

DW> One may well argue that this is "broken" in some way(s).  Still, changing
DW> it at this point could well be considered  a POLA violation, at best.

        I would argue loud and long that changing that *would* be broken. There
is never a guarantee (or even an implication) that a symlink points to a
valid directory entry (think unmounted filesystems, NFS ...). I find it hard
to imagine why creation time should be special in that regard.

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