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SubjectRe: Can't hardlink in different dirs. (BUG#826)
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Like it or not, Unix link() semantics have allowed links to unwritable files
from the very beginning. There is no telling what you might break if you
changed it; historically, spooling systems of various sorts have used such
links for locking and queue manipulation. And as others have pointed out,
allowing a link to a file can be an extremely useful way of sharing it
without (1) making a copy, (2) making it public, or (3) making it writable.

-Ed



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