What is the situation with symlinks/junctions and hard links on Windows?


I am interested in using ST on mostly Win but I might end up using it on Linux as well. I am wondering how ST handles symlinks/junctions? I would prefer if it does not sync them as real files/folders, instead either just keeps them as links or just ignores them.

I know most sync tools like to avoid dealing with symlinks.

However it would be nice if ST does not dereferences hard links but respect their nature.


The following may be synchronized or not, depending:

  • Symbolic links (synced, except on Windows, but never followed)

The following are not synchronized;

  • Hard links (followed, not preserved)
  • Windows junctions (synced as ordinary directories; require enabling in the configuration on a per-folder basis)

Source: https://docs.syncthing.net/users/faq.html#what-things-are-synced.

When it comes to junctions, there is also a caveat that file watching doesn’t work inside them.

Do you know if it is possible to ignore based on types like symlinks, junctions, hard files etc?

No, that’s impossible, however there are ways to add those to ignore patterns via an automated script, e.g. as discussed in https://forum.syncthing.net/t/is-there-a-way-to-ignore-symlinks-on-android/18446.


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