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Re: [bug-gnulib] Re: symlink patch

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [bug-gnulib] Re: symlink patch
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 10:34:01 -0700
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Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> writes:

> I find that avoiding 'rm' is usually better, so I'd lean towards ln -s
> -f if it is portable.  But it probably isn't...

Originally "ln -f A B" meant "don't worry if A is a directory;
hard-link it to B anyway".  Over the years there has been a lot of
confusion about the transition between the old meaning and the current
one, and I still don't entirely trust "ln -f".

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