Why is bzr-win32symlinks discontinued

Asked by Timmie

I read that the plugin development for bzr-win32symlinks is discontinued.

Why so?

The distributed bug tracker BE (http://bugseverywhere.org/be/show/HomePage) apparently uses Symlinks to work on windows.

Now they focus on GIT due to its symlink support: http://void.printf.net/pipermail/be-devel/2010-September/000623.html

I would love to use such a bug tracker in the future as well on windows.


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Martin Pool (mbp) said :

I'm happy to bring support for that into the core if someone wants to propose a patch for it.

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Alexander Belchenko (bialix) said :

bzr-win32symlinks used a fragile monkey-patching of some functions to imitate the symlinks support. Maybe it was used wrong approach. Anyway it's discontinued because there is required support in the core for symlinks, and bzr-win32symlinks can't achieve this goal.

We discussed the possibility to use filtered views as workaround for symlinks problem on Windows. But nobody tries to implement the automatic views creation for symlinks.

In short: the author of bzr-win32symlinks is no more used it and nobody else have enough free time and desire to create something instead, unfortunately.

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Anders Sneckenborg (anders-simbalsyd) said :

Are there any other distributed bug trackers?

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