The “ln -s” command in Cygwin creates a fake symbolic link only supported in Cygwin. I whipped up the following script to create a true windows symbolic link that is supported in both Windows and Cygwin (it shows up as a symlink in Cygwin).
TARGET=`echo $1 | perl -pe 's/\\//\\\\/g'`; #Determine the target from the first parameter (where we are linking to). Change forward slashes to back slashes
LINK=`echo $2 | perl -pe 's/\\//\\\\/g'` #Determine the link name from the second parameter (where the symlink is made). Change forward slashes to back slashes
cmd /c mklink $3 $4 $5 $6 "$LINK" "$TARGET" #Perform the windows mklink command with optional extra parameters
[Edit on 2016-01-12 @ 12:34am]
And once again, I have a new version of the code. This version has the following advantages:
No longer limited to just 4 extra parameters (dynamic instead of static)
Can now just specify your directory as the link location, and the filename will be automatically filled in
Handles spaces better
Do note, if you want to link directly to a hard drive letter, you must use "c:/" instead of "/cygdrive/c/"
#Get the target and link
LINK="$1"shift#If the link is already a directory, append the filename to the end of itif [ -d"$LINK" ];then#Get the file/directory name without the rest of the path
ELEMENT_NAME=`echo"$TARGET"| perl -pe 's/^.*?\/([^\/]+)\/?$/$1/'`#Append the file name to the target, making sure there is only 1 separating "/"
LINK=`echo"$LINK"| perl -pe 's/^(.*?)\/?$/$1/'`
LINK="$LINK"/"$ELEMENT_NAME"fi#Replace forward slashes with back slashes
TARGET=`echo$TARGET| perl -pe 's/\\//\\\\/g'`
LINK=`echo$LINK| perl -pe 's/\\//\\\\/g'`#Perform the windows mklink command with optional extra parameters
cmd /c mklink "$@""$LINK""$TARGET"
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