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How to drag icon in Preview to a folder and copy instead of aliasing?

After downloading a PDF, Preview automatically opens and I'm able to look at the file. Often times I want to move the file to somewhere other than Downloads. In Mavericks I'm able to click on the ...
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Alias\symbolic link icons

I installed Mavericks on an external SSD drive and now want to point my music, pictures and video to ones on my previous drive. I created a link using ln command, a link was created. I launched ...
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Extract target of alias from Terminal

In my Finder windows I have many aliases that target other folders or documents. At the shell prompt in Terminal, these aliases show up as regular files. How can I get the target of an alias so that, ...
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Set Alias for Terminal Window in Applescript

After opening multiple terminal windows and running commands in them, it becomes difficult to send another command to a specific terminal window. How can we set an alias for each terminal window so ...
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can I point my Pictures folder to a folder in an external hard drive?

I would like to save some space on my laptop and to do so I was thinking of moving my Pictures folder on an external hard drive. As OSX doesn't want me to mess around with the main folders in my home, ...
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Tab completion in terminal with alias

I'm running a zsh terminal under Yosemite and have defined a simple alias to place files in Yoink: $ alias yoink='open -a Yoink' $ yoink my-file-to-yoink.txt This works great but for some unknown ...
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How do I make an AppleScript use a Folder in the Contents of a Bundle for an alias on the Desktop?

I'm trying to write an AppleScript to make a temporary alias on the desktop from a folder that resides in the Bundle's Contents:Resources folder and then execute a terminal command that has an ...
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How to make Rsync copy alias files?

System specs: 2011 iMac, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 I have come to understand that Rsync does not handle Mac Alises properly, and have now discovered that hundreds of aliases I've previously copied ...
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update to 10.8.3 from 10.7.5 broke many (all?) existing aliases

I depend a lot on aliases to files and folders. Just after upgrading, most of those I've checked, aliases that worked before the upgrade, fail now. I get the usual error message, "...the original ...
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How can I use application aliases pointing to a secondary partition and launch them via Spotlight menu?

I have an SSD with two (bootable OS X) partitions. I don't want to have duplicate installations of most of my applications. So I made some OS X proprietary aliases in one of the two /Applications ...
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Network Folder Alias Causing Finder to Hang

I've done some research and I can't seem to find anyone who is experiencing the issue that I am in the same way that I am, and I'd appreciate any help you folks can offer. Background: I have a ...
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Spotlight not finding .app created with appify

I've used a script called appify described here https://mathiasbynens.be/notes/shell-script-mac-apps to create /Applications/Emacs.app that runs the actual Emacs.app at ...
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Restoring original files from the trash by aliases

Someday in the future, (definitely not today) I might find myself in the following situation and be in need of assistance: Lets say I was trying to clean up my desktop and tried to move many files ...
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Maintaining alias links when moving original files across drives

When I move the original file that an alias point to, the alias is still able to find the file in it's new position. But not when I move the original files across drives. I'd like to move a bunch of ...
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Custom desktop icons not updating on paste (Yosemite 10.10.2)

I've had custom desktop icons for the longest time and it has worked beautifully until I updated to Yosemite. Now, changing desktop icons works intermittently at best, if not at all. When I paste a ...
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Automatically propagate Finder tags from alias to original file/folder?

Is it possible to automatically propagate tags that are generated for an alias to the file/folder it points to?
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Folder content recovery

I just got a new mac book and took a hard drive to make a backup file of my documents (I used time machine). One of the Folders did not get saved the way it was before, When I now click on the folder ...
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How to share directory alias between user accounts

I'm having trouble using aliases across user accounts. I have two existing directories: /Users/foo/stuff /Users/bar/stuff I'd like to alias /Users/foo/stuff to be accessible at ...
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alias command stopped working

I have a few aliases set up on my mac. But for some reason they don't seem to work anymore. I'm not sure why either. Even when I type in alias to see my list of aliases nothing happens just this: ...
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How to forward duplicates of mails in OS X Server 4.0?

I am using Mac Mini with OS X Server 4.0. A new staff in the office is receiving mails from ann@abc.com and ann@xyz.com, her manager is receiving mails from stella@abc.com and stella@xyz.com. ...
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Why do my custom alias icons keep changing back to default icons?

I have created alias shortcuts for several applications on my Macbook pro Desktop and added custom icons. My problem is that every now and then when I shut off my computer or put it to sleep, the ...
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How to use “@” in user alias

I need to know how I can use the @ sign in a user alias. I run a mail server, and currently all of my user accounts are set up so that they have the log in name "username-domainname.com". I'd like to ...
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How to get the shortest file size on aliases?

I realize a bit of why they are so big. Actually, they used to be small enough (around 2kb) and still magical about keeping the file link. I can also see a few ways to "shorten" it, including one ...
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Mount Folder in Maverick

I want to mount a folder to another folder. My reasoning is: I have a free box.net account with 50GB, but it does not include versioning. So I would like to put the folder under git. But I do not want ...
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is there a way to list all the aliases that point to a file or folder?

I have a folder that I know I've made aliases of, but I need to find where those are. Is there a way to list all the aliases that point to this folder?