Suggestion: use of symbolic links in the FTP site

From: Tom Emerson (
Date: Wed Apr 21 2004 - 12:21:40 EDT

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    Given that the Unicode data files provided in on the Unicode FTP
    server in are incremental,
    thereby requiring one to manually walk backwards through time to find
    the "current" version of files not changed in an update, wouldn't it
    make sense to put symbolic links to the previous versions?

    For example, add symlinks in






    Would include a symlink back to


    And so on and so on.

    These links could even be created programmatically with a small bit of
    scripting. I'll even write the script, if necessary.

    Regardless, I think it would be beneficial to be able to download
    *all* relevant data files for a given release of Unicode without
    trolling through the directory hierarchy.



    Tom Emerson                                          Basis Technology Corp.
    Software Architect                       
      "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you suck forever"

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