Over a million developers have joined DZone.
{{announcement.body}}
{{announcement.title}}

Symbolic links for Windows

DZone's Guide to

Symbolic links for Windows

· Java Zone ·
Free Resource

Verify, standardize, and correct the Big 4 + more– name, email, phone and global addresses – try our Data Quality APIs now at Melissa Developer Portal!

No Java this week, just the solution of a problem I’ve encountered in the past weeks. Don’t be scared, it’s computer-related.

Since a couple of months, I’ve become severely addicted to the excellent Dropbox. It has three features, that linked together are particularly interesting for me: online backup, computer synch and file sharing. If you don’t already have an online storage solution, look at it ASAP: it has a free 2Go version (and by the way, contact me at nicolas at frankel dot ch so we can both benefit from 250Mo more).

Anyway, Dropbox has all I was looking for an online backup software, and even more, but it suffers from one major drawback: it saves only the content of a single folder (albeit recursively). On Nix operating systems, a healthy dose of symbolic links resolves the problem. However, I’m mostly a Windows user (my bad), not only at work but also at home.

At first, I reluctantly broke my nice directories tree organization but it felt wrong. And it was rightly so (pardon the pun): Windows 7 has symbolic links! Yes, it’s true! For the disbelievers, and provided you have access to both Windows 7 and a command prompt, type mklink.

Now, once you’ve selected your Dropbox folder, type the following in a command prompt:

cd path/to/dropbox/folder
mklink -D name path/to/target/directory

Done! Just make sure you have admin rights. Now if you would excuse me, I must get back to reordering my directories again…

Developers! Quickly and easily gain access to the tools and information you need! Explore, test and combine our data quality APIs at Melissa Developer Portal – home to tools that save time and boost revenue. 

Topics:

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}