[gccsdk] Symlinking instead of copying?

Peter Naulls peter at chocky.org
Sun Feb 3 14:24:12 PST 2008

John Tytgat wrote:
> In message <4208816b4f.peter at chocky.org>
>           Peter Naulls <peter at chocky.org> wrote:
>> John, do you think that create-srcdir, in the case of UnixLib sources at
>> least, create symlinks to the SVNed source instead of copying the actual
>> files.  This is just a simple flag change to the copy operation of
>> course.
>> This'd make it easier to make changes to the UnixLib sources instead of
>> maintaining two copies and manually copying to check things.
> he, it's a bit of a coincidence but I had such a change in one of my
> snapshots and tried that out for some time (those where hardlinks btw).
> The problem is that some editors I used overwrote the hardlink which made
> it very confusing why some changes didn't end up at recipe/files/libunixlib.
> I just happen to have reverted that local change after dismissing this as a
> possible improvement.  Or do you know a way to overcome that problem ?

Yes, use symlinks ;-)   This will do the right thing in almost all 
cases.  Certainly I've edited symlinked files under a wide variety of
Unix editors, and also via SunFish, with no obvious detriment.

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