Can't believe I missed that, guess I was tired.
What you said is exactlly what happened. Very interesting as I'd never noticed this before or even really had a concern about it, but now I see what you're saying and it makes sense. Just for grins, I redeployed it with symlinks, and then executed again w/ the symlink location and it also killed the symlink location.
Very interesting. I'll have to give this some thought.