[tex-live] Stable vs. Unstable/Testing Update Repositories?

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Feb 25 01:20:38 CET 2010

On 24 February 2010 C.M. Connelly wrote:

 > "MP" == Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr>
 >     MP> We're currently discussing the options internally for
 >     MP> maintaining multiple releases without doubling or so the
 >     MP> space occupied by TeX Live on CTAN mirrors.  One of the
 >     MP> options discussed is using links (though we were thinking
 >     MP> symlinks rather than hardlinks), if the CTAN admins think
 >     MP> it can properly work with all mirrors.
 > There are a few key advantages of hard links over symlinks for
 > mirroring.

There is one advantage you didn't mention:  If you remove the file,
you end up with a dangling symlink.  If you are using hardlinks, you
can remove as many directory entries as you want.  The file is deleted
when no directory entry points to the file/inode anymore.

I also think that hard links are advantageous.  


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