5.6 File operations on symbolic links
This section documents the behavior of GNU Fortran for file operations on symbolic links, on systems that support them.
- Results of INQUIRE statements of the “inquire by file” form will
relate to the target of the symbolic link. For example,
INQUIRE(FILE="foo",EXIST=ex)will set ex to .true. if foo is a symbolic link pointing to an existing file, and .false. if foo points to an non-existing file (“dangling” symbolic link).
- Using the
OPENstatement with a
STATUS="NEW"specifier on a symbolic link will result in an error condition, whether the symbolic link points to an existing target or is dangling.
- If a symbolic link was connected, using the
CLOSEstatement with a
STATUS="DELETE"specifier will cause the symbolic link itself to be deleted, not its target.