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

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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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Mavericks errors with user that has symlinks for most of the home folder

Late 2011 Macbook Pro Internal 250gb SSD Internal 1tb HHD My main user has symlinks for most of the home folder, pointing to folders on the HHD (excluding /Applications and /Library). This setup ...
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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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Convert absolute symlinks to relative ones?

I've seen plenty of threads on the Internet about doing the opposite, but what I want to do is, given a folder: /Lib/Foo/Bar.framework/Versions/1.5 And a symlink to it: ...
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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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Mounting a (local) Directory as a volume?

I was wondering something similar, but for a different application. I have several volumes that I ended up merging, and I was wondering if anyone would suggest a way to mount directories as logical ...
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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?

I know how to delete a symbolic link/soft link by using command rm in Terminal but I was wondering what command is used to create one?
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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 ...
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Can Apache 2.2.24 from MacPorts 2.1.3 run stably on Server 10.6.8 Build 10K549 with symlinked targets?

Mac OS X Server 10.6.8 Build 10K549 running Apache 2.2.24 via MacPorts 2.1.3. Native Mac OS X Server http server disabled. The error message I'm getting in the log is as follows: [Tue Aug 13 ...
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Find out about links

I have a few links set up. I can do ls -l and get full information about them. For example: Me-Machine:Links me$ ls -l ~/Links total 8 lrwxr-xr-x 1 me staff 64 26 Jul 23:20 jenkins_tc -> ...
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Permission denied for symbolic link

I'm creating a symbolic link with the following applescript: on run do shell script "rm /usr/bin/ant" with administrator privileges do shell script "ln -s ...
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Symlink TO dropbox folder in different user account

Recently purchased a new Mac to be used as a family Mac. We share my Dropbox account and I have installed this into my user folder. Question: Can I create a symlink into my wife's documents folder ...
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Restoring finder icon

I have moved certain sections (downloads, music, pictures) of my user directory from my SSD to my HDD via symlinks. I have successfully changed over the image of the folder which can be seen in the ...
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Edit symlinked files in Dropbox

I have a soft symlink between the Documents folder on my main computer and a folder in Dropbox, say dbDocs. If I now edit a document, say thesis.tex, in dbDocs from another computer, will the symlink ...
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symbolic link not created

All my docs are in: /Users/Joe/Documents/Mydocs I want to put them on dropbox through symbolic link so I created this empty folder: /Users/Joe/Dropbox/Mydocs Then used this command to create a ...
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Symlink to hidden file

I have 2 macs, and use Dropbox a lot. On my MacBook I have one folder synced with Dropbox (through a symlink, ln -s ~/folder ~/Dropbox) that is actually in my ~/Library directory, so it's hidden. It ...
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Symlink User Folders - Can I keep original Sidebar Icons? [duplicate]

I have my user folders (Music, Movies and Pictures) stored on an external drive, so I used terminal to delete the existing user folders on the boot drive then created symlinks to these folders and ...
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How can I turn ~/Documents into a symlink?

I keep my Documents in an encrypted directory in Dropbox (~/Dropbox/encrypted), which I then mount at ~/clear when I log in. On my other Macs, I have change ~/Documents to a symlink that points at ...
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Can the DocSets installed by Xcode be moved to an external disk?

While attempting to clean up my Air's SSD, the estimable DaisyDisk showed me that 4 GB is being eaten up by Xcode DocSets. I like keeping my friends close and my SDK documentation closer, so I'd be ...
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Symlinked Movies and Downloads. Restore icons?

I've recently replaced the optical drive of my Macbook Pro with an SSD and installed Mountain Lion freshly on there. This leaves the HDD available as well and on by popular suggestion I've symlinked a ...
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Applescript creating Sym link with spaces in the path

I'm trying to create a sym link to a network directory when i log in. This is working for a couple of other directories without spaces in the name, but for the life of me I cannot get this one ...
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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, ...