Remove symlinks from edx-platform

Description

Reasons why symlinks are bad:

  • Causes redundant copies of assets to be built.

  • Confuses developers.

  • Complicates Windows compatibility.

List of non-node symlinks in edx-platform today (node modules will be handled separately from this epic).

Daves-MBP-2:edx-platform dormsbee$ find ./ -type l
.//cms/static/coffee/fixtures
.//cms/static/common
.//cms/static/edx-pattern-library
.//cms/static/edx-ui-toolkit
.//cms/static/sass/_mixins-inherited.scss
.//cms/static/sass/_mixins.scss
.//cms/static/sass/edx-pattern-library-shims
.//cms/static/templates
.//cms/static/xmodule_js
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/js/common_static
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/js/public/js/library_content_edit.js
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/js/public/js/split_test_author_view.js
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/js/public/js/split_test_staff.js
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/js/public/js/split_test_student.js
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/js/public/js/vertical_student_view.js
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/js/RequireJS-namespace-undefine.js
.//common/lib/xmodule/xmodule/tests/data/xml-course-root
.//common/static/edx-pattern-library/fonts
.//common/static/edx-pattern-library/js
.//common/static/edx-ui-toolkit/js
.//common/test/data/conditional_and_poll/course.xml
.//common/test/data/test_exam_registration/course.xml
.//lms/djangoapps/courseware/management/commands/import.py
.//lms/static/common
.//lms/static/course_bookmarks
.//lms/static/course_experience
.//lms/static/course_search
.//lms/static/discussion
.//lms/static/edx-pattern-library
.//lms/static/edx-ui-toolkit
.//lms/static/js/fixtures/donation.underscore
.//lms/static/js/RequireJS-namespace-undefine.js
.//lms/static/learner_profile
.//lms/static/sass/_mixins-inherited.scss
.//lms/static/sass/_mixins.scss
.//lms/static/sass/edx-pattern-library-shims
.//lms/static/support
.//lms/static/teams
.//lms/static/templates
.//lms/static/xmodule_js

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David Ormsbee

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David Ormsbee

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