Re: vfat patch for shortcut display as symlinks for 2.4.18

From: Ryan Cumming (
Date: Sun Jun 09 2002 - 15:24:03 EST

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On June 9, 2002 13:05, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> On Sunday 09 June 2002 20:58, Ryan Cumming wrote:
> > Shortcuts are very similar to .desktop files in KDE or Gnome. They
> > contain the location of their destination file, and possibly other
> > information, such as an icon. Win32 shortcuts are implemented at a higher
> > level than symbolic links in Unix; it's fairly easy to trick Notepad in
> > to editing shortcuts as text files.
> >
> > I would suggest that turning shortcuts in to symlinks should be disabled
> > by default. WINE actually cares about some of the shortcut information
> > beyond the destination file; turning the shortcut in to a symlink would
> > destroy that information.
> Thanks for that. Yes, it seems shortcuts are not very much like symlinks.
> The question is: does the filesystem itself interpret them, or does the
> Windows shell? If the latter, yes, I'd agree that it makes sense to handle
> them in Wine, not the filesystem. The behaviour of MSDos running under
> Windows (I think ME was the last version that had one of those) can be used
> as an arbiter: if MSDos handles the shortcut, then it's a symlink and
> should be handled as such (that particular form of shortcut anyway). If
> MSDos doesn't handle it then it's clear that linux vfat shouldn't either.

DOS won't interpret shortcuts. Shortcuts are almost entirely implemented in
the Windows shell.

- -Ryan
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