Symbolic Links Under Vista

By | March 14, 2007

I am a fan of symbolic links. For those that don’t know what that is. It basically means you have all your files in for example ‘D:Settings’ and you have another folder ‘C:ProjSett’ pointing to the first location. Seems confusing, well it is. But it’s also very useful!

For as far as I know Vista is the first version in Windows that includes a tool to do this. Even though it’s been implemented for a while, you always had to download third party tools. So what’s the tools name, well mklink.

You can use it for directories. Which is damn useful if you have config files that need to be used in multiple places (like I usually do :)). Do this with:

mklink /D destination source

Once you’ve used it you’l love it. Just be careful as it can become a hell to figure out what’s pointing where if you don’t have a good system.

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