[Netkit.users] labs with symlinks

Massimo Rimondini rimondin at dia.uniroma3.it
Thu Sep 4 15:37:03 CEST 2008

Dear Csaba,

thank you for pointing out this issue.The reason why we switched to tar
was exactly preserving special files, including symbolic links. However,
the condition you mention should be probably handled differently.

I am adding this request to our todo list, which we hope to carry out soon.


Csaba Kiraly wrote:
> Hi,
> I had a lab which was using symlinks to create virtual machines.
> Something like this:
> node1 directory contains some files
> node2 -> node1 (a symlink to the node1 directory)
> In previous versions, lstart was starting both VMs and copying the files
> to both.
> Now it starts both VMs, but copies only to node1.
> Was there a change in the phase 1 startup files? I see that now you copy
> with tar.
> Can you add the "-h" option to tar? This seems to fix the problem.
> Regards,
> Csaba

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