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I've been using the excellent Link Shell Extension tool on Windows 7 to create hard links remotely to files on the same mounted volume on a Windows Server 2008 R2 drive [not symlinks — I included this in the tags for the question as I can't tag it with hardlinks!].

I note in LSE's documentation that:

It is little known, but the SMB networking protocol supports operations to create remote Hardlinks, Junctions and Symbolic Links within SMB mapped network NTFS drives.

On both MacOS Sierra and High Sierra, however, I can't create hard links using ln(1) when I mount this volume using Finder.app -> "Connect to server… -> "smb://windows2008r2.example.com/Files"

$ mount | grep Files
//damon@windows2008r2.example.com/Files on /Volumes/Files (smbfs, nodev, nosuid, mounted by damon)
$ cd /Volumes/Files/
$ ln source_file destination_file
ln: destination_file: Operation not supported

So to my questions:

  • Is this a limitation of Apple's implementation of mount_smbfs(8) or am I doing something wrong?

  • If the former, does the SAMBA project's SMB client have the same limitation?

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