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Using Junctions (MS's answer for symbolic links) in XP

by Ck87.JF / June 30, 2008 6:00 AM PDT

The article:

An article I read has provided much information, much thought, and if what's suggested works, would be brilliant for my setup. However, in testing, I've had issues.
I realize that XP doesn't fully realize the potential of symbolic links, and thus is kinda weird, but I was wondering if someone could solve a quandary I had. When I attempt to delete a folder inside of a folder, using the symbolically linked folder, it creates problems. For instance:

*junction "h:\docz" "c:\docs"
-This will create a symbolic link in h:\ showing a folder called "docz" that is linked to the "docs" folder in c:

*I open up h:\docz, and create several new text documents.
-I delete one document, sending it to the recycle bin, it disappears from both 'real' and 'linked' folders
-I restore the document from the recycle bin, and it's restored to both folders
-I delete it again, holding shift this time, press enter, and it's gone from both folders, never to be seen again.
-Expected behavior.

*With h:\docz open, I create a few folders.
-I attempt to delete the folder (no shift), and after a period of delay, I get an error, "Cannot delete New Folder: Access is denied."
-Nothing else is accessing the folder, in any way, and in fact:
-If I open the folder, c:\docs and delete the "New Folder" it will be sent to the recycle bin without problems.
-I delete the folder using shift, and it goes away with only one warning that it won't come back, and then it's gone.

My main problem is with the the problem stated about not being able to delete the folder. Might someone be able to shed some light on that?
I'd like to be able to use junctions as closely as possible to being real folders and files, but if I can't send folders to the recycle bin, but instead use force delete, then I'm not sure that's an option I can live with.

Thanks for any help you can provide! Happy


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Don't go into the tarpit.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 6:23 AM PDT

We rarely see people come back.

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by Ck87.JF / June 30, 2008 6:47 AM PDT

are you saying don't use junctions?
sorry, I'm not much for symbolism

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We had this fellow.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 6:54 AM PDT
In reply to: tarpit?

At the office work for weeks trying to get this to do "something I really need." He's no longer with us. Not that it matters but it wasn't pretty as he lost the entire machine a few times. Sorry to say that I think we should just ignore this feature.

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(NT) okay, thanks for the suggestion
by Ck87.JF / June 30, 2008 7:00 AM PDT
In reply to: We had this fellow.
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