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ln problem: self linking

From: John Vonachen
Subject: ln problem: self linking
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2002 12:18:09 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for replying.  Same problems.

--- Bob Proulx <address@hidden> wrote:
> > On my new laptop (Compaq Presario 730us) I
> installed a
> > dual-boot with WindowsXP and Redhat 7.2.  For some
> > reason if I symbolic link anything the link will
> link
> > to itself!  You can imagine the problems that
> creates.
> > 
> > touch test
> > ln -s test test.link
> > ll test.link
> > test.link -> test.link
> That seems really odd.  And so far no one else has
> reported that.
> Therefore I suspect something in your environment. 
> Can you perform
> some tests?  What do these say?
>   type ln

ln is /bin/ln

>   ln --version

ln (fileutils) 4.1

>   /bin/ln -s test test.link

Same thing as before.  Link to self.

> > Infinite linkage!  Have you ever heard of that
> > experienced.  I already looked for others having
> the
> > same problem and didn't find any examples.  Mabey
> I
> > didn't look hard enough.  My apologies if this
> problem
> > is old hat.
> This is the first I have heard of anything like
> this.  I suspect that
> ln is an alias or perhaps even a different program
> entirely.
> Bob

My hats off to Microsoft and Comaq for engeneering
this coup.  Not.  I wonder if I'm the only one.

I first discovered it when I was trying to mount my
floppy.  I could not "ln -s /dev/fd0 /dev/floppy" and
then later mount would not work because it uses ln
somehow when making /etc/mtab~ a lock file.  I have
had plenty of other problems which I'm sure are

     - John T. Vonachen

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