git bash symbolic links on windows

I did an ln -s file1 file2  in gitbash.

when I did an ls -l file2 it did not have an “s” in it.

When I did “stat” on each file, there were different inodes.

I was wondering whether “ln -s” (symbolic links) do not work on git bash in Windows 7?

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Symbolic links on Git Bash for Windows needs to be enabled when you install it


how to get it enabled after its installed

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I would just reinstall gitbash, quick and easy!

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You can set this in the config file for git for windows. By default, this is located at C:\ProgramData\Git\config.  

Find the [core] section and add symlinks = true to turn it on. 


Hm, I have symlinks=true, but ln -s largeFolder shortcut just starts to make full copy… 

$ cat /c/ProgramData/Git/config
symlinks = true

$ echo Orig > 1
$ ln -s 1 2
$ cat 2
$ echo Modified > 2
$ head 1 2
==> 1 <==
==> 2 <==

This answer worked for me:


That did it!

  1. run as admin

  2. export MSYS=winsymlinks:nativestrict


If you enable “Developer mode” in the Windows 10 settings you don’t have to run the shell as Admin.

That is, run Git Bash as admin, run the command export MSYS=winsymlinks:nativestrict, then run ln -s oldFile newLink to your hearts content within that session.

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