[Python-Dev] [Python-checkins] cpython: Issue #9993: When the source and destination are on different filesystems,
ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sat Jan 7 14:22:44 CET 2012
On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 5:17 AM, antoine.pitrou
<python-checkins at python.org> wrote:
> changeset: 74288:1ea8b7233fd7
> user: Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net>
> date: Fri Jan 06 20:16:19 2012 +0100
> Issue #9993: When the source and destination are on different filesystems,
> and the source is a symlink, shutil.move() now recreates a symlink on the
> destination instead of copying the file contents.
> Patch by Jonathan Niehof and Hynek Schlawack.
That seems like a fairly nasty backwards incompatibilty right there.
While the old behaviour was different from mv, it was still perfectly
well defined. Now, operations that used to work may fail - basically
anything involving an absolute symlink will silently fail if being
moved to removable media (it will create a symlink that is completely
useless on the destination machine). Relative symlinks may or may not
be broken depending on whether or not their target is *also* being
copied to the destination media.
The new help text also doesn't say what will happen if the destination
doesn't even *support* symlinks (as is quite likely in the removable
Nick Coghlan | ncoghlan at gmail.com | Brisbane, Australia
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