a file that represents another object in the file system

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iMessage with iCloud mail aliases?

Is it possible to use an iCloud email alias as the Caller ID for iMessage? When I try to enter an alias on "Receive At > Add Another Email..." I always get an error popup titled "iMessage Activation" ...
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Can the Finder be tricked into assigning symlinks and aliases different icons?

It seems to me that the Finder does not (on the surface) distinguish between aliases and symbolic links. (In particular, in the Get Info window for a symlink the Finder claims the symlink is an ...
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How can I exit “bash”?

I don't know how to get my .profile aliases back in to the terminal every time I try them, this error massage comes up: apaw:~ apaw$ cdp -bash: cdp: command not found How do i exit this -bash? I ...
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How do I use arguments together with bash aliases

Today, I learned the very handy trick: man [some command] -t | open -f -a Preview I'd like to create an alias in my .bash_profile file as a shortcut. In order for this to work, I need to pass an ...
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List all defined aliases in Terminal

A friend who owned my current mac before me (I bought it from him) created a lot of alias commands. Is there a way of me being able to list all defined aliases and the command that is associated with ...
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Getting Automator to work with aliases vs. symbolic links on SMB shares

I would like to get automator to mount a volume in a shared SMB server and get all subfolders symlinked within my Documents folder. I thought I could do that easily by creating Finder's so called ...
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“readlink” gets the original path of a symlink; what's the equivalent for Mac aliases?

In the terminal, I can use readlink on a symlink and it prints the target path of the symlink. E.g. ln -s original.txt symlink.txt readlink symlink.txt # prints original.txt How do I do this for ...
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Can I create Windows-style alias in Finder?

In Windows, we can hold down Ctrl or use right mouse button while dragging the file in Explorer. When we release mouse button we see a menu where we can choose 'Create shortcut'. It's quite handy, I ...
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How to make aliases go away when main file is deleted?

Is there a way to (automatically) delete all aliases when the file they are an alias to is deleted?
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How to move a folder containing aliases to another machine without breaking the aliases?

I've got a large folder of music with lots of aliases to tunes that are spread throughout subfolders of the main tunes folder. For example I might keep the original files sorted by artist, and then ...
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How to force a diff format for TextMate?

I have this alias: alias hgd='hg diff|mate' The problem is that for some reason the temporary file thus created will be a .txt, while I'd need it to have the diff syntax highlight. If I manually ...
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Alias for network drive

In the Finder > Connect To Server window I have an IP address I connect to. Is there a way to make a nickname or alias for this server?
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How do I create a symbolic link to a directory with a space in it?

I was trying to create a symbolic link using the following command: ln -s "~/Foo Bar/" Foo ... but it didn't work (i.e. when I go into finder and try double clicking it, it says that it's pointing ...
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How to make an alias (Cmd-L) using command line?

With Finder, Cmd-L is a short-cut to make an alias of a file/directory. How can I use the command line to do that? I tried 'ln -s', but it generates the 'Symbolic Link', not 'Alias'.
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What's the difference between alias and link?

I see that the size of alias is 167.7kB, whereas symbolic link is just 4kB. What's the difference between the two, or what's the purpose of them? Which one is preferable? For the case that the ...
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How to create a shortcut on the desktop to a selected folder

In windows when right clicking a folder there is an option: send to -> desktop (create shortcut). How can I do this on a Mac?
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How do I fix failed aliases?

I had two external hard disks: External and Backup. External had many aliases which pointed to other files on the same disk. Backup was used to backup External. External failed, and I now use Backup, ...