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I am using Perforce and have Workspace of project under Linux. The project contains many symbolic links. I have no problems with Perforce and the symbolic links as long as I work on Linux. However, if I mount the project via Samba to my Windows computer and if I create a Workspace to this Samba share, then the symbolic links break down. It looks like Perforce cannot read and write the symbolic links on my Samba share correctly.

Is there solution or workaround to force Perforce to create Linux compatible symbolic links on a Samba share?

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Which Windows version, and is Linux the server or the client? – grawity Nov 15 '10 at 19:08
I am using Windowx XP SP3. Linux is the client, ie. I access Linux from Windows. – stefangachter Nov 16 '10 at 13:39

Windows does not have native symlink support until Vista/7.

If you are connecting to a Windows share from Linux, try adding the sfu option to the mount command:

mount -t cifs -o sfu,(other options) //server/share /mountpoint

If you are running Perforce on Windows and connecting to a share on Linux, and your Windows version does not support symlinks, you cannot use them. (There's a slight chance Services for Unix can help, but I haven't used it much.)

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Thanks for the comment. I am working under Windows XP and access a Linux server via Samba. So, there seems no solution so far. – stefangachter Nov 16 '10 at 6:33
@stefan: In case of XP, my answer above applies: Windows XP does not have symlink support. – grawity Nov 16 '10 at 14:53

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