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Symlinks in Microsoft Windows 10! – Building Apps for WindowsBuilding Apps for Windows

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Symlinks in Microsoft Windows 10! – Building Apps for WindowsBuilding Apps for Windows
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Symlinks, or symbolic links, are “virtual” files or folders which reference a physical file or folder located elsewhere, and are an important feature built in to many operating systems, including Linux and Windows.The Windows’ NTFS file system has supported symlinks since Windows Vista.  However, it hasn’t been easy for Windows developers to create symlinks.  In our efforts to continually improve the Windows Developer experience we’re fixing this!

Starting with Windows 10 Insiders build 14972, symlinks can be created without needing to elevate the console as administrator. This will allow developers, tools and projects, that previously struggled to work effectively on Windows due to symlink issues, to behave just as efficiently and reliably as they do on Linux or OSX.

Background

A symlink is essentially a pointer to a file or folder located elsewhere, consumes little space and is very fast to create (compared to copying a file and its contents).

Because of this, developers often replace duplicate copies of shared files/folders with symlinks referencing physical files/folders. Replacing redundant copies of files can save a great deal of physical disk space, and significantly reduce the time taken to copy/backup/deploy/clone projects.

Read the entire article here, Symlinks in Windows 10! – Building Apps for WindowsBuilding Apps for Windows 

via the fine folks at Microsoft

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