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Re: bug#32127: RFE -- in the way "cp -rl" -- enable 'ln' to do likewise?

From: Michael Stone
Subject: Re: bug#32127: RFE -- in the way "cp -rl" -- enable 'ln' to do likewise?
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:18:19 -0400
User-agent: NeoMutt/20170113 (1.7.2)

On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 03:23:59AM -0700, L A Walsh wrote:
        In the case of creating a link to a directory there is
no choice in creating a "working solution". If you want a link there, it HAS to be a symlink. That the user would bother to
use the 'ln' (link) command in the first place is a sufficiently
convincing "argument" that they really DID want a link there.
That they didn't explicitly specify the type should additionally
be taken that they didn't care enough to specify the type -- only
that the link be created.

Or, they expect the traditional behavior, which is that requesting a
link which can't be created will result in failure. You seem to completely disregard the possibility that any script written in 40 years might use that behavior in its logic, while I find it extremely unlikely that scripts would be written in the hope that someday the behavior might change and things work differently because they make more sense that way.

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