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#1 EddieMonsoon

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:50 PM

When doing a file search or virus scan on my C: drive, is there an ad hoc method for preventing such search or scan from following any symlinks that point to remote drives? 
Come to that, how does one avoid such things as duplicate results or endless loops caused by directories or drives that have aliases?


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:02 AM

This is not a Windows 7 issue or situation.  Topic moved to Gen Chat.

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:02 AM

 

When doing a file search or virus scan on my C: drive, is there an ad hoc method for preventing such search or scan from following any symlinks that point to remote drives? 
Come to that, how does one avoid such things as duplicate results or endless loops caused by directories or drives that have aliases?

 

 

Hi Eddie!

 

Please let us know what operating system you are using, then your post might get more attention.

 

If your post pertains to the Wikipedia definition below, there are a few operating systems that support symlinks, they are highlighted in bold. 

 

Symlinks....from Wikipedia:

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In computing, a symbolic link (also symlink or soft link) is the nickname for any file that contains a reference to another file or directory in the form of an absolute or relative path and that affects pathname resolution.[1]

Symbolic links were already present by 1978 in minicomputer operating systems from DEC and Data General's RDOS. Today they are supported by the POSIX operating system standard, most Unix-like operating systems such as FreeBSDLinux, and Mac OS X. Limited support also exists in Windows operating systems such as Windows VistaWindows 7 and to some degree in Windows 2000 and Windows XP in the form of shortcut files.

 

 

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 10:46 PM

Additional information concerning the issue pasted in from a post in a different topic.

Additional to the original question, I might be doing a search using the Command line, (I do a fair bit of ad-hoc file operations this way),or FreeCommander which I think makes use of Windows functionality for its searches (I mainly use vers 2009.02b, as it's the one I'm most familiar with), a Virus scan using Avira, or I might be searching via one of the many other applications depending on what it is I'm doing and what I need to find at the time. For example images, using IrfanView, audio files, using MP3Tag, and so forth.

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 10:53 PM

Hello Eddie,

It looks like you'll have to adjust settings on the software level to keep them from following or scanning symlinks. For example, from what I've read, Avira has something in its settings to make it not scan symlinks.
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Posted 16 December 2017 - 12:09 AM

Thanks Orange Blossom (BTW, cute avatar!),

 

I will have a closer look at Avira. 

 

I was rather hoping there was a more general approach, so as to avoid tweaking settings in each piece of software.  And what does one do if the particular application doesn't have a way of blocking this?

 

Also, I was kinda thinking maybe windows 7 had some inbuilt protocol for resolving any anomalies that might be caused by having these links scattered around possibly pointing  backwards as well as forwards, causing endless loops, or duplicate references.

 

Thanks again,

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