What orthodox file managers for Windows support copying symlinks?

Total Commander doesn't, if you copy via F5:

Total commander symlink recursion

There are no official plugins for symlink support. I found a plugin called NTLinks, but it didn't help. Copying via Ctrl+C & Ctrl+V invoked Windows Explorer and created an empty directory named as the symlink.

Others I've tried without luck:

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    TC help, section 4.b says "CopyLinks=0 Copy file system links (junctions) as links and not as directories: 0: Copy links as dirs or ignore them (if IgnoreLinks has been set) 1: Copy links without changing the target path of the links 2: Copy links and change the target path to the target drive if the link points to the same drive on which the link itself is located. c:\path1\link, pointing to c:\path1\path2\linktarget Copied to d:\trgpath1\trgpath2\link -> Link now points to d:\trgpath1\trgpath2\path2\linktarget Note: The function does NOT check whether the target of the link exists or not. "
    – Mawg
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 14:17
  • Btw, that above is new since v8.50
    – Mawg
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 14:17
  • TC Plugin DiskInternals Reader: "This plugin offers access to harddisk partitions and disk images. Native reader for: Ext2/3/4, ReiserFS, HFS/HFS+, NTFS, Fat/exFAT Native support for: - Windows and Linux software raid arrays - Adaptec, nVidia, Intel, Via, Silicon raid arrays - MBR, GPT, BSD and Apple partitions - VMWare, VirtualPC, VirtualBox and Parallels disk images 100% symbolic links support for Linux, Mac and Ntfs. First ever Linux and Mac Reader that can display correct size for link that point to file."
    – Mawg
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 14:19

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I regularly use MultiCommander for my file management needs. It can be configured with multi-windows, has a command line bar, and supports extensions and plugins. It does support moving/copying symlinks, as well as, large files. You can configure how symlinks are handled. I've replaced my usage of Windows Explorer because MultiCommander can be easily configure for my needs.

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