[arch-dev-public] general packaging question about symlinks

Xavier shiningxc at gmail.com
Mon Jul 27 11:23:45 EDT 2009

On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 5:13 PM, Thomas Bächler<thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Aaron Griffin schrieb:
>> That's a fair point, but what use is an Arch system that's not
>> chrooted into? I don't expect /mnt/archlinux/usr/bin/gtkpod to work on
>> a CentOS system. It sounds like an edge case.
> Not talking about binaries here, but generally messing around with random
> files on a mounted system. I often found myself in a great mess with
> absolute symlinks in the past, while relative never gave any downside.

A quick google returned me a similar discussion with similar arguments :
And apparently they decided to prefer relative symlinks.

However, the debian policy linked in the same post does not seem to
have changed :
"In general, symbolic links within a top-level directory should be
relative, and symbolic links pointing from one top-level directory
into another should be absolute. (A top-level directory is a
sub-directory of the root directory /.) "

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