[asdf-devel] Windows shortcuts

dherring at tentpost.com dherring at tentpost.com
Tue Aug 18 13:22:19 UTC 2009

> Gary King wrote:
>>> P.S.  WinVista finally introduced "real" symlinks.  If everyone
>>> upgraded...<0002-Windows-shortcut-support.patch><0001-website-changes-switch-to-load-system-etc.patch>
>> Is there a good (and portable) *feature* or other mechanism to tell
>> which version of Windows we're running on?

Not that I know of.  My impression is that one would need to check for a
particular system file; most lisp implementations don't export sufficient
detail.  Unfortunately, I built the Vista box for my parents; so I can't
readily check it anymore.

> I'm not sure that this actually makes the problem go away.  I know that
> Vista has symlinks, but have they replaced the old shortcuts, or are
> they just an additional feature.  If the latter, we may still want to
> support following shortcuts.  That would be especially true if making
> shortcuts is supported by the windows graphical shell and symlinks aren't.

Absolutely.  XP and older will still be common for several years.  But
ASDF might explore using symlinks on newer systems.

- Daniel

P.S.  I still have an XP box available for occasional testing.

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