[GRASS5] links in installation

Eric G. Miller egm2 at jps.net
Tue Nov 19 22:35:57 EST 2002

On Tue, Nov 19, 2002 at 02:31:44PM -0800, John Harrop wrote:
> Could someone please help me figure out the meaning of high link counts 
> in the /usr/local/grass5/bin directory?  I'm used to link counts being 
> fairly low numbers, so I'm not sure why I'm getting link counts up 
> around 400 in the grass bin dir after an install.  The file sizes are 
> all equal as well, but much larger than what I would expect for a 
> symbolic link.
> Is there a policy on where bin files are placed?  Should they be kept in 
> the etc/bin/cmd and parallel directories with an ln -s from grass5/bin?

The real executables are in etc/bin/cmd/ or etc/bin/inter/.  I'm not sure
why hard links to etc/front.end are used in bin/ other than maybe
some systems didn't/don't support symlinks when this scheme was cooked
up.  Anyway, I think grass is pretty close to being able to get rid of
that front.end "helper", but a few modules need to be rewritten still.

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