Symbolic link on Windows

If you are on Windows and you miss symbolic links, do not despair: NTFS supports symlink since Windows Vista. Try the mklink built-in command:

c:\> mklink

Creates a symbolic link.

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

        /D      Creates a directory symbolic link.  Default is a file
                symbolic link.
        /H      Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
        /J      Creates a Directory Junction.
        Link    specifies the new symbolic link name.
        Target  specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
                refers to.

Using cygwin? The following shell script leverages mklink from your beloved shell. Please note the more familiar, ln -s like, syntax order for Target and Link params.

Wondering what a symbolic link is? From Wikipedia:

An NTFS symbolic link (symlink) is a filesystem object in the NTFS filesystem that points to another filesystem object. The object being pointed to is called the target. Symbolic links should be transparent to users; the links appear as normal files or directories, and can be acted upon by the user or application in exactly the same manner.