On Mar 16, 2009, at 11:47 AM, John Almberg wrote:

On Mar 16, 2009, at 11:39 AM, Erik Trulsson wrote:

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 11:22:13AM -0400, John Almberg wrote:
I always thought that links to real directories were pretty much the
same as real directories, but I've just discovered a situation where
they are not and I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong...

A *soft* link to a directory entry (be it a directory or a file or something else) is not quite equivalent to the original entry since they are easily distinguished and some programs do treat softlinks differently from other

I can see that, now... If I create a soft link to ~/shared/config, and then cd into the directory, when I type 'ls ..', I get the listing for ~/shared, not ~/app.


I've just dug through man ln, and don't see any obvious solution. Since this must be a problem for anyone who wants to do something like this, I guess I am taking the wrong approach, altogether.

Will have to re-think this....

<smell of burning rubber commences...>

Okay! I guess I wasn't the first to have this problem...

lndir (in ports) solves the problem by creating a set of soft links for all the files in the 'linked' directory. Kinda kludgy, but it works.

-- John

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