[Baypiggies] Unlinking symlinks
ferringb at gmail.com
Fri Apr 30 22:30:44 CEST 2010
On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 12:35:38PM -0700, Glen Jarvis wrote:
> I hate to ask such an absolutely simple question, but for what I'm
> doing I have to be *absolutely certain* to get this right :)
> When deleting symlinks, I think I've always used os.unlink() although
> it's the same as os.remove().
> I can't tell in the documentation, but I want to be abso-bloody-lutely
> certain that I'm deleting the link and not the file that it points to.
> This is for a very large file system clean-up on a data system that
> would be a bear to replace. We wish to clean up specific symbolic links
> that I can find easily, but not the files that they point to.
> Is os.unlink() guaranteed to touch the symlink only? Also,
> semantically, is this "unlinking" a hard unlinking and therefore the
> same as remove (i.e., which would be easier for someone who is reading
> the code to understand/yet still be accurate).
unlink/remove are literally the same cfunction in the src. Beyond
that, unlink works on the targeted node only- it does *not* resolve
through the sym.
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