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I mean to create symbolic links in Msys2 (currently using the version from PortableApps). I only get files copied, no symlinks.

What I tried:

  1. Uncommenting line MSYS=winsymlinks:nativestrict in all three mingw32.ini, mingw64.ini, msys2.ini just in case. Then I get

    $ ln -s targetfile symlink
    ln: failed to create symbolic link 'symlink': Operation not permitted
    

    I guess this is because I need to run msys2 as admin. I cannot do that.

  2. In a command prompt

    > mklink symlink targetfile
    Carece de privilegios suficientes para realizar esta operación.
    

    (in Spanish, my locale, meaning You do not have sufficient privileges to perform this operation). I guess it is the same need for running the command prompt as admin. I couldn't manage to run mklink from within msys2, but I guess I would have the same problem.

Is there any way of accomplishing what is asked in the title?

Related references I found:

Use mklink in msys

  • for what it's worth, junctions don't require special privileges: mklink /J ... – T Nierath Jan 11 at 7:53

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