joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Sat Jul 31 07:01:36 CEST 2010
> Could anybody install Gow (at least the programs ln and ls) and tell
> me whether this works:
> 1. cd /path/to/texlive/20xx/bin/win32
> 2. del pdflatex.exe
> 3. ln -s pdftex.exe pdflatex.exe
> 4. pdflatex --version
> And what is the result of "ls -l pdflatex"? Do you see something like
> "pdflatex -> pdftex"?
Nope: 'symbolic links are not supported on this system'. Cygwin's ln is
playing slightly fast and loose (as it's not using features of the file
system), whereas I assume that GOW is as far as possible not modifying
> Don't be worried if it doesn't work. You can always restore
> cd /path/to/texlive/20xx/bin/win32
> copy /b pdftex.exe pdflatex.exe
> BTW, I read somewhere that Vista provides "real" hard/symbolic links,
> whatever this means. But I assume that they depend on NTFS. Thus,
> they are not an option because USB sticks still use the dumb VFAT file
Indeed, NTFS provides 'junctions', which is what you've described.
However, as you say this doesn't work on older file systems.
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