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I have two drives in my machine:

  • An SSD with the OS on it
  • a HDD with all my data.

I have a symlink on the SSD for my home directory on the HDD so /Volumes/SSD/Users/Ross/ points to /Volumes/Macintosh HD/Users/Ross. The Macintosh HD drive is the original boot disk. I'm trying to get rid of the space in the volume name, but when I do I get all kinds of errors. I thought it was a simple as updating the symlink but it doesn't seem to be.

I tried just option-clicking the drive and renaming, which worked but I started to get a lot of application errors. For example, Terminal won't even open. Also, a lot of the Ruby gem installers don't handle spaces well.

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Is this your main, boot drive or an external drive? External drives are mounted in /Volumes/{Drivename}/ –  CajunLuke Jan 25 '11 at 20:44
    
I have two drives in the machine, an SSD with the OS on it and a HDD with all my data. I have a symlink on the SSD for my home directory so /Volumes/SSD/Users/Ross/ points to /Volumes/Macintosh HD/Users/Ross. The Macintosh HD drive is the original boot disk. I'm trying to get ride of the space in the volume name, but when I do I get all kinds of errors. I thought it was a simple as updating the symlink but it doesn't seem to be. Maybe logging in as another user? –  user2706 Jan 25 '11 at 21:05
    
I'm having the same type of issue at the moment trying to install some gems. Unbelievably frustrating. –  Jeff Swensen Feb 14 '11 at 3:57
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Yes, you can remove it, but you'd need to Reboot for it to take effect.

I don't recommend renaming it - the vast majority of applications handle the space just fine.

If you have a handful of problematic programs, then just create a soft link to your desired location:

sudo ln -s /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Ruby\ Stuff /Ruby
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