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Steve Hay
December 4, 2003 03:56
Re: [PATCH] Re: perl @ 21830
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Jody Belka wrote:

>Steve Hay said:
>>Rafael Garcia-Suarez wrote:
>>>Depends. How can we test if two files are identical, link()-wise,
>>>on MSWin32 ? If we can test it, we should fix by adding
>>>another branch to the if() :
>>>   elsif ($^O eq 'MSWin32' && $Config{d_link}) {...}
>>>If we can't, we should fix the test so it's skipped on Windows.
>>I can't think of any way to test it.  File::Copy uses the inode on other
>>platforms to test hardlinks, but this is always returned as 1 on
>>MSWin32.  The Microsoft documentation for stat() notes: "The inode, and
>>therefore st_ino, has no meaning in the FAT, HPFS, or NTFS file systems."
>There is a way to test this on windows. Basically, you have to get file
>handles for both files using CreateFile, and then call
>GetFileInformationByHandle on both of them.
Many thanks for the info -- it's all news to me!

However, AFAIK Perl doesn't have any functions of its own that wrap 
those Win32 API calls.  Neither to do any standard core modules, so 
unless somebody wants to introduce such functions somewhere into Perl it 
will not be possible to do this.  (The libwin32 bundle includes 
Win32API::File which has an interface to CreateFile(), but not 
GetFileInformationByHandle(), and it isn't a core module anyway.)

I think just skipping the test is the best solution for now.

- Steve

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