On Sat, 16 Jun 2001 17:27:00 +1000 (EST)
Bruce Evans <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

BE> >   This is correct behaviour IMHO - why on earth should it fail. If I
BE> > copy a directory containing symlinks I don't want them do vanish just because
BE> > the target is unavailable.
BE> Because cp copies file contents, not file nodes (unless the -R flag is
BE> specified).  This is clarified in current POSIX drafts.  gnu cp gets
BE> this right.

        *WHAT*, let me get this straight POSIX drafts now suggest that cp *should*
turn a symlink into a file ? I truly dread to think how much that would break.

        Please tell me I have the wrong end of the stick here, failing that someone
please tell me that FreeBSD will not follow this madness.

        Hang on, the target of a symlink *is* the content of the symlink not the
content of the file that may or may not be at the target. At least it always used
to be that way.

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