[OS X TeX] My ! has disappeared in Times

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Apr 27 14:07:48 CEST 2006

On Apr 27, 2006, at 6:54 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 27 avr. 06 à 13:32, Peter Dyballa a écrit :
>> The same effect a "relative symlink" would also allow ... The  
>> danger that symlinks to absolute pathnames get invalid when the  
>> file system is re-organised, also exists with relative pathnames,  
>> when they point to an external area that is re-organised, or when  
>> they point to outside the area in which they reside that is moved  
>> to somewhere else right now.
> Another possibility would be that absolute paths start at / 
> Volumes/, even when the symlinked file or folder resides on the  
> local hard drive (so that /sw, for example, would become /Volumes/ 
> Macintosh HD/sw). That wouldn't help moving or renaming files and  
> folders, but would avoid erasing files and folders accidentally  
> when erasing a symlink pointing erroneously to the local hard drive.
> No idea how to implement that, though.
> Bruno


Even that has problems in two cases that I can think of. I regularly  
make a clone of my system to another drive and the symlinks would no  
longer work if I booted from that drive. I can also rename my drive  
which would break the symlinks too; in a sense the use of the / 
Users/... is relative but to the boot drive rather than to the  
directory structure.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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