Opened 4 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#21482 closed New feature (fixed)

Can not collectstatic with symlink option in Windows Vista (and Windows 7 and 8) platform

Reported by: Vajrasky Kok Owned by: Vajrasky Kok
Component: contrib.staticfiles Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords: windows
Cc: sky.kok@… Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


In Windows Vista,

C:\SuperSecretProject>python collectstatic -l
Symlinking is not supported by this platform (Windows)

But I am an administrator. I have the power to create symlink.

Change History (11)

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by Vajrasky Kok

Has patch: set
Owner: changed from nobody to Vajrasky Kok
Status: newassigned

PR to uplift this restriction:

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by Florian Apolloner

Patch needs improvement: set

The current checks in the PR aren't enough, if you are on python 2.x and run collectstatic on Vista with -l it will fail. Basically symlinking on windows is only supported on windows vista (and above) + admin account + python3.

Also can you clarify on the administrator bits, do you effectively log in as administrator or will every symlink call ask you if you want to allow it?

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by Vajrasky Kok

In Windows Vista, to be able to create symlink, I need to right click the Command Line menu, then click "Run as Administrator". Without this, when I create symlink through os.symlink, I will get error that I don't have enough privileges.

Oh, yeah, I forgot that prior Python 3.2, os does not provide symlink in Windows. Sorry about that.

In Windows XP, you could have the ability to create symlink, but you must install third-party driver. According to Python core developers, they are against giving this feature to Windows XP in Python stdlib.

So here is the updated PR.

Windows XP -> no symlink
Python 2.7 in Windows Vista -> no symlink
Python 3.3 in Windows Vista -> symlink (of course you must have administrator privilege)

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by Vajrasky Kok

Patch needs improvement: unset

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by Vajrasky Kok

It is possible to give symlink support in Python 2.x in Windows. But that requires ctypes and win api.

But I think I would upset a lot of people in Django if I did that.

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by Aymeric Augustin

I'm accepting the idea in general.

However the feature detection code in the current patch looks messy to me (~30 lines) and hard to get right.

I'd find it more pythonic to create the symlink and provide a suitable error message if that fails. Ask for forgiveness rather than permission :)

comment:7 Changed 4 years ago by Aymeric Augustin

Easy pickings: unset
Needs documentation: set
Patch needs improvement: set
Triage Stage: UnreviewedAccepted

Please add a line in the 1.7 release notes too!

comment:8 Changed 4 years ago by Vajrasky Kok

Cc: sky.kok@… added
Needs documentation: unset
Patch needs improvement: unset

Okay, I have updated the PR based on your request. Thanks!

comment:9 Changed 4 years ago by Jannis Leidel <jannis@…>

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

In 5cc0555603167c7532b7b714e2672687da8f106e:

Fixed #21482 -- Uplifted restriction of collectstatic using symlink option in Windows NT 6.

Original patch by Vajrasky Kok. Reviewed by Florian Apolloner, Aymeric Augustin.

comment:10 Changed 4 years ago by Claude Paroz <claude@…>

In 18b3788401e823266a560b12000697da04490beb:

Cleaned temp dir in symlinks_supported()

Refs #21482.

comment:11 Changed 4 years ago by Claude Paroz <claude@…>

In a90f0e605e9a7c1b30ccdca222ee2a0e7a78043b:

[1.7.x] Cleaned temp dir in symlinks_supported()

Refs #21482.
Backport of 18b3788401 from master.

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