From: Benjamin Kaplan on
On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Michel Claveau - MVP
<enleverLesX_XXmcX(a)> wrote:
> Hi!
>> Symbolic links are available in NTFS starting with Windows Vista.
> No.
> Hardlink come with NTFS, and already exists in W2K (and NT with specifics utilities).
> @-salutations
> --
> Michel Claveau

And there's a difference between hard links and symbolic links.
Symbolic links were added to NTFS starting with Windows Vista.

> --
From: Lie Ryan on
On 02/23/10 05:30, W. eWatson wrote:
> On 2/22/2010 8:29 AM, Grant Edwards wrote:
>> On 2010-02-22, W. eWatson<wolftracks(a)> wrote:
>>> Last night I copied a program from folder A to folder B.
>> [tail of various windows breakages elided]
>>> Comments?
>> Switch to Linux?
>> Or at least install Cygwin?
> Yes, definitely not related, but maybe some W7 user has a similar
> experience here. It seems a natural place to look, since it should be
> reasonably common.

IMHO that doesn't justify.

The advice to move the discussion to a windows-specific group is not
just about reducing off-topic discussion[1], but because there isn't
that much Windows (Seven) users in this newsgroup. Most comp.lang.python
users either uses linux, unix, macs, or older version of windows, and
are not familiar with the specifics of Windows 7.

It would be nice though, if you reposted the solution you found from
another forum here to benefit other python Windows 7 users.

[1] pretty much anything computer-related is not entirely off-topic in because of the wide range of situations people uses python in
(I've seen general algorithmic questions, text-editor wars, problems
with 3rd party module, jython/ironpython internals, etc discussed in
here; many of those gets quite welcomed even though technically off-topic)
From: Steven D'Aprano on
On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:34:00 -0500, Jerry Hill wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 8:25 PM, W. eWatson <wolftracks(a)>
> wrote:
>> So what's the bottom line? This link notion is completely at odds with
>> XP, and produces what I would call something of a mess to the unwary
>> Python/W7 user. Is there a simple solution?
> I know people went off on a tangent talking about symbolic links and
> hard links, but it is extremely unlikely that you created something like
> that by accident. Windows just doesn't create those without you doing
> quite a bit of extra work. It certainly doesn't create them when you
> drag & drop files around through the normal interface.

I find it far more likely that Windows 7 makes it easy for the user to
accidentally produce links rather than copies, rather than that Python
suddenly has developed a bug where it opens a completely different file
to the one you ask for.

But more likely still is some confusion regarding paths.