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Windows 7: MKLINK Create and Use Links in Windows

12 Jul 2015   #100
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Junctions or Symbolic links are not complicated by their usage; but structuring them can be complicated.


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12 Jul 2015   #101
kado897

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Excellent.
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19 Jul 2015   #102
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

How can you differentiate what is a symbolic link is in explorer, looking at the icon or analyzing the properties of the file doesn't reveal anything ?
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20 Jul 2015   #103
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

Yep. You cannot tell, through Explorer what is a symbolic link and what isn't. It's supposed to be that 'transparent'.

You can do some fancy-schmancy things with the Command Prompt or PowerShell to determine if an item is a reparse point (note the technical term for these types of links) or not. The quickest way would be to fire up a Command Line and run a Dir command on the folder the link resides in.
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18 Aug 2015   #104
shelly agnestia

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
the mklink doesnt sync

hi kari, thanks for the good idea with mklink to link some folder to other directory, at the first its so usefull,and i try it in my office, i create a link in a drive for other people to share my data but someday i realize that my folder isnt shyncronize anymore, i dont know why, there are many data there that have to syncronize, do you have a solution for this problem?
thanks.
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18 Aug 2015   #105
shelly agnestia

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

hi kari, thanks for the good idea with mklink to link some folder to other directory, at the first its so usefull,and i try it in my office, i create a link in a drive for other people to share my data but someday i realize that my folder isnt shyncronize anymore, i dont know why, there are many data there that have to syncronize, do you have a solution for this problem?
thanks.
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19 Aug 2015   #106
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Until Kari responds, one thing that comes to my mind is you copy pasted the link and it has changed into a normal folder with the contents at the time.
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19 Aug 2015   #107
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shelly agnestia View Post
hi kari, thanks for the good idea with mklink to link some folder to other directory, at the first its so usefull,and i try it in my office, i create a link in a drive for other people to share my data but someday i realize that my folder isnt shyncronize anymore, i dont know why, there are many data there that have to syncronize, do you have a solution for this problem?
thanks.
The best would be simply to recreate the links.
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20 Sep 2015   #108
JerometheGiraff

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I created two Directory Junctions, one being a test, which worked, the second didn't work. Do folder names with spaces have an effect on Junctions ? The error I'm getting is; cannot create a file when that file already exists. I looked to this page for help but the second attempt at creating a junction has failed three times with the error mentioned earlier in this message ?

At one point I mistakenly created a Directory Junction for a folder on my main Windows Drive that doesn't exist; can this be deleted or did Windows create a Junction out of nothing and it's simply invalid ?
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20 Sep 2015   #109
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yes use " at the beginning and end of paths. You can simply delete the junctions or rename them.

"C:\I got space\more space\whatever folder"
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