[Remind-Fans] tkremind kills symlinks

Eric eric at deptj.eu
Thu Jun 24 15:08:23 EDT 2010

"Ben Love" wrote on Thu, June 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm
> * David F. Skoll wrote on [2010-06-23 12:18:15 -0400]:
>> David A. De Graaf wrote:
>> >> Bottom line: Don't use a symlink.  If you must use a symlink,
>> >> make ~/.reminders a *directory* rather than a file and keep your
>> >> actual reminders in ~/.reminders/100-tkremind.rem
>> > David, you have a twisted mind.  Oddly, this works perfectly.
>> Right, because TkRemind creates ~/.reminders/100-tkremind.rem.xxx and
>> renames it to ~/.reminders/100-tkremind.rem which does not molest the
>> ~/.reminders symlink.
>> > Thank you (for what I hope will be a temporary kludge.).
>> It'll be permanent, I'm afraid... there are no plans to change
>> the way TkRemind edits the file.
> Perhaps there is a halfway solution?  If ~/.reminders is a symlink (and
> not to a directory), TkRemind could follow the symlink and operate on
> the real inode instead (i.e. ~/.reminders -> ~/realfile.rem, so it
> creates relfile.rem.xxx and renames it to realfile.rem).  Unfortunately,
> I don't know wish, so I don't know for sure what needs to change, but I
> would guess it's something like:
> # Fake wish/sh combined syntax.
> set RemindFile $(readlink -f ~/.reminders)
> Perhaps it's a lot more complicated than that though.

Indeed it are. Basically you would have to do something like the
"Application Home" bit on http://wiki.tcl.tk/526 , but I don't know if
there are any unhandled corner cases, and if you have accidentally created
a circular set of symlinks...

And there may be other issues.

Rule-of-thumb: only ever symlink directories



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