Hardlink sub-directories and files
t at jollybox.de
Wed Aug 3 05:47:31 EDT 2011
On 03/08/11 03:59, Dan Stromberg wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 3:13 AM, Thomas Jollans <t at jollybox.de
> <mailto:t at jollybox.de>> wrote:
> On 02/08/11 11:32, loial wrote:
> > I am trying to hardlink all files in a directory structure using
> > os.link.
> > However I do not think it is possible to hard link directories ?
> That is pretty true. I've heard of hardlinked directories on Solaris,
> but that's kind of an exception to the general rule.
> > So presumably I would need to do a mkdir for each sub-directory
> > encountered?
> > Or is there an easier way to hardlink everything in a directory
> > structure?.
> > The requirement is for hard links, not symbolic links
> Yes, you have to mkdir everything. However, there is an easier way:
> This is assuming that you're only supporting Unices with a working cp
> program, but as you're using hard links, that's quite a safe bet, I
> should think.
> A little more portable way:
> $ cd from; find . -print | cpio -pdlv ../to
> cpio: ./b linked to ../to/./b
> cpio: ./a linked to ../to/./a
> cpio: ./c linked to ../to/./c
> cpio: ./d/1 linked to ../to/./d/1
> cpio: ./d/2 linked to ../to/./d/2
> cpio: ./d/3 linked to ../to/./d/3
> 0 blocks
> However, you could do it without a shell command (IOW in pure python)
> using os.path.walk().
Is it more portable? I don't actually have cpio installed on this
system. Which implementations of cp don't implement -R and -l? Of
course, the best way is probably implementing this in Python, either
with os.path.walk, or with a monkey-patched shutil.copytree, as Peter
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