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Re: symlinks to directories and ..


From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: symlinks to directories and ..
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 11:55:39 +0200
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address@hidden (Peter Werner) writes:

|>         its my understanding that when a symlink to a directory is followed,
|> the
|>         parent directory of the new CWD will be the real parent directory,
|> not the
|>         directory containing the link.
|> 
|>         it is also my understanding that many shells will hide this from the
|> user
|>         making the parent directory appear to be the directory containing
|> the symlink.
|> 
|>         bash seems to be doing this, and is causing confusion when '..' is
|> used.
|>         after following a directory symlink, 'ls ..' will display the
|> contents of the
|>         real parent dir, but 'cd ..' will place you in the directory
|> containg the symlink

Use "set -P" (or "set -o physical") to let bash always use the physical
layout of the file system.

Andreas.

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