symbolic link, a type of file that is a reference to another file or folder

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Printer deamon creates hundreds of symlinks

Today I stumbled over hundreds of symbolic links in my OS X /tmp folder. > … lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 66B 10 Mai 11:42 554f27eaca409 -> ...
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To search contents of symlink

I want to search documents from by disc2 to which I created a symlink to disc1. However, I think this is not the way to go by creating a symblink to a current folder: ln -s ...
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grepping /Library and “Too many levels of symbolic links”

I'm trying to clean up remnants of an application that was removed: $ sudo grep -R "iNet Network" /Library ... grep: ...
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What is the `/private` directory [duplicate]

The Apache httpd 2.4 server is bundled with Yosemite. It seems to me that the directories /etc/apache2 and /private/etc/apache are the same. However I don't see any symlink. Did I missed something ?
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Installed App with Brew Cask Over Existing Install, Did it Remove the Old App Files?

I upgraded to the latest OpenOffice (from 3.4.1 to 4.1.1) with brew-cask without realizing OpenOffice 4 was already installed: $ brew cask install openoffice ==> Downloading ...
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Symbolic link to Emacs 24 not working

I like to create a bin directory in my home directory and make it the first item in my $PATH. I then create symbolic links to override the default MacOS installed version of certain apps. I have done ...
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How do I create a symlink to MacVim configuration files?

I want to store my configuration files in source control and symlink them so they will be used by MacVim. Looking at :scriptnames I see vimrc and gvimrc being used in: ...
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Why do symlinks sometimes vanish in Xcode?

The source files of interest are on a network share hosted on a Win7 machine, but the symlinks are created on this Mac using ln -sf These are .h files, and sometimes one or more of them are not found ...
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How can I customize the symlinks that MacPorts creates/deletes when using its `port select --set <group>` command?

I use MacPorts to manage certain *nix packages on my Mac. One such Mac has multiple Python versions installed. When I switch between Python versions, I use a command like: port select --set python ...
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Saving /private/tmp

Something on my Mac keeps deleting the /private/tmp directory. I first noticed this was happening as I was investigating high CPU usage. The Console was full of errors like the following: 1/10/15 ...
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Can I create symbolic links in OS X which also work in Windows/Linux and vice versa?

I'm synchronizing a folder structure between my MacBook (OS X 10.6) and a PC with Windows XP (soon Linux or Windows 7). My problem is that Windows shortcuts or OS X aliases seem to be unusable on the ...
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Finder's akward filesize behavior

Updated my os from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion a week ago and noticed strange filesize info inside 10.8.5's finder. The info on filesize/foldersize in 10.8.5 is different from 10.6.5. While a folder ...
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Creating symlinks in “~/Library/Application Support/minecraft” that point to Dropbox, but “the original item for ”[file]“ can’t be found.”

The Background: I use Dropbox to back up my minecraft worlds, configuration files, and various other folders (bin, launcher_profiles.json, mods, resourcepacks, saves, servers.dat, versions). I put ...
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Trying to get a Symlink but it turns to be an Alias

I'm trying to move my Backup folder from the SSD to another internal HD via symlink using this command: ln -s /MacintoshHD/Backup ~/Library/"Application Support"/MobileSync the problem is, when i ...
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Symbolic links to icns files are ignored?

When Foo.app/Contents/Resources/Foo.icns is a (valid) symbolic link, it is ignored: Foo is shown with the generic icon - not the one shown by open Foo.app/Contents/Resources/Foo.icns. When I replace ...
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Where does this symlink point to?

The weirdest thing. $ ls -al ~/vm/win_8_1.pvm/Windows Disks total 8 drwxr-xr-x 3 zoo staff 102 Nov 22 14:04 . drwx--x--x@ 15 zoo staff 510 Nov 22 16:57 ...
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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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Emacs does not auto restart after reboot?

I install Emacs via Homebrew and create a symbolic link: /Applications/Emacs.app -> /usr/local/Cellar/emacs/24.3/Emacs.app What does not seem to work properly is that after restarting, other ...
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Best Practices for dealing with unbrewed files in a fresh install of homebrew

I accidentally deleted /usr/local/bin which contained brew among other things. I reinstalled homebrew and ran brew prune to get rid of broken symlinks, but when I run brew doctor, I still get the ...
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Cannot login directly into user account - first have to login as administrator

I updated my Macbook to 10.9 Yosemite, and at the same time I encrypted the user data partition. The system partition was already encrypted. I use an administrator account with admin rights, and a ...
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Symbolic link icons don't update

When a symlink is created, it gets the icon of the target folder (with the addition of a black arrow in the lower left corner). The issue I am having is that the symlink icon does not update when the ...
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Why is /var symlinked to /private/var? [duplicate]

Why is /var symlinked to /private/var? I understand the general purpose symlinks serve, but I'm curious what specifically is making use of this link.
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Linked Folder in a shared folder in Dropbox

I have a folder, that I linked with one in Dropbox using: http://lifehacker.com/5154698/sync-files-and-folders-outside-your-my-dropbox-folder and was just wondering if that was situated inside a ...
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ln -fFs does not update symlink

I have two directories newdir and otherdir and would like to update a symlink, that initially pointed to otherdir to newdir. When I run: > ln -s otherdir symlink I see a symlink: > ls -al ...
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Can I remove user's home directory folders?

I have the following scenario: All of my files, documents etc. are saved on Copy.com. I have installed copy on my MacBooc Air all my files went to the following directory: /Users/username/Copy ...
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Finder treating symbolic links differently than terminal MacBook Pro Retina OS X 10.9.4

I created symbolic link jboss7 for hard link jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded and it worked fine in Finder. Then I made backup before modifying JBoss... ln -s jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded jboss7 ...
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Symlink to app causes NSInternalInconsistencyException

I want to be able to run a graphical program from the command line, so I add a symlink to the program (/Applications/Stata/Stata.app/Contents/MacOS/Stata) from /usr/local/kkjj/bin/xstata. When I run ...
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Automator can't find Symbolic Links?

I'm trying to create an automator workflow that starts out by finding all symbolic links in a given directory. What's happening however is that even if I set it to return "all files", I end up with ...
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Is it possible to let Picasa use a removable device as the Application Support folder using symbolic links?

Picasa stores very large files in Application Support folder which consumes limited disk space in system disk. I wonder if I can use symbolic links in order to make Picasa use removable disk as ...
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Can I delete this recursive link to my Home directory?

My home directory has a symlink to my home directory. I'm not sure how it got there. Is it safe to delete? ~ steve$ ls -l steve lrwxr-xr-x 1 steve staff 12 Jun 21 2012 steve -> /Users/steve ...
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What is the Home Folder under /Library/Java for?

I installed Java 1.7 from the oracle site. Looking at my folder structure, there is /System/Library/Java and /Library/Java. Under /Library/Java there is a Home symlink that goes to ...
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OS X: Set up one folder as “extension” of another, symlink-style?

I have two folders on two different Volumes: /Volumes/SSD/my-important-folder /Volumes/HDD/my-extension-of-important-folder In the second folder I put large files and folders so they do not take ...
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How can I create 'gch.app' such that “open -a gch page.html” works like “open -a Google\ Chrome page.html”?

I type open -a all the time from the terminal, and more often than not the application I want is Google Chrome.app, so I end up entering things along the lines of: open -a Google\ Chrome ...
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OS X won't create any symbolic links, creates aliases instead

No matter how I try to create an symbolic link OS X refuses to play along and instead creates an alias. I've tried several tools and also through the terminal using the ln command. I am on a fresh ...
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Find the target of an alias or link in Quicksilver

Can I find the target of an alias or symbolic link using Quicksilver? I don't find a way to do so on this Quicksilver reference which is the best source I know of at this point.
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How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
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Command Line: create a link to folder and access files in this folder

I want to do this thing: Create a link to a folder. Put this link in home (~) directory Access files in linked folder from home directory (~/LinkToFolder/file) What is the best way to it? Main ...
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Moving large system directories to another drive and using symlink?

I have a SSD (Boot Partition) and a HDD (Data) for my Mac. I only bought a 128GB SSD thinking the boot partition wouldn't need a large drive, however I was mistaken. I find that Mail and MobileSync ...
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How to recursively edit path of symlinks?

This is an additional question that began with this one - How to edit Symbolic Links in OS X? Now that I know how to edit the path symlinks point to, I'm trying to figure out how to do this ...
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How to edit Symbolic Links in OS X?

I had painstakingly gone through and created symlnks to a whole host of files in my system. I couldn't use aliases because they were failing to be copied with RSync, and also certain apps I use to ...
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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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Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition (OS X) and Dropbox

I was trying to share the saved games of Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition using Dropbox (on OS X). Configuration files are stored in ...
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Find symbolic links (’s names) with Spotlight (Finder)

underwhelmed by the fact that OS X’s Aliases got really big with Mountain Lion (Lion?) I basically switched to using symbolic links instead. Now I’m just learning the hard way that Spotlight (or, ...
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wrong icon of Unix symbolic link in Finder

I am now on OS X 10.9, and I am not sure whether this issue also occurs on other versions. So, I have many symlinks in my file system (created by ln -s). Today I modified one of them with ln -f -s ...
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Remove symbol link

In terminal, I have made a symbol link like following: ln -s ../../../../ jni/prod It symbol links prod directory (which is 4 levels up from current location) to jni/prod . I'd like to emphasize ...
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Expand symlinked directory in finder

Is there a way to make it so that in list view in Finder a symbolically linked directory can be expanded like a regular directory? I would just switch to column view, but I'm using TextMate 2's file ...
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Tagging of symlinks

Is it possible to tag a symlink using the new OS X Mavericks tagging functionality (old labels functionality)? When I select a symlink in Finder, File => Tags... option is grayed-out. Is it possible ...
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app to manage symbolic links and move files automatically?

I have about a terabyte of media files on an external hard drive. At any given moment I need a subset of these files locally on the SSD for faster access. Some times the hard drive isn't even ...
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Difficulty setting the 'Open with app' to an alias

I am trying to set MacVim, installed via homebrew, to be the default HEX file editor. I started this task by creating an alias to MacVim.app located in /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.3-61 and placing the ...
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Why is the symlink I created inside an application container to allow for external storage not working?

I was trying to get around Vemedio's Instacast limitation on storage location by symlinking (ln -s) the Episodes folder in ~Library/Containers/com.vemedio.osx.Instacast/Data/Documents/Instacast to ...