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

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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 ...
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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, ...
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How to access a symlink pointing to a place outside the share?

I have a share on Lion Server, and a symlink pointing to a directory outside the share. The symlink is working properly when user is logged into the machine via ssh (so permissions are fine), but when ...
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How can you avoid error -43 when copying symlinked folder in Finder with a SAMBA share?

The context From a Mac running Mountain Lion, a share "Multimedia" served by QNAP NAS is mounted as root via SAMBA in the Finder. Let's say I create a symbolic link of a directory on the NAS such ...
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“brew link node” creates/removes different number of symlinks when repeated

I was upgrading Node.js node through Homebrew's brew upgrade, and it didn't link correctly. $ brew update (snip-snip formulae were updated) $ brew upgrade (snip-snip other upgrades) ==> ...
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relocating documents folder of ios applications

I have a jailbroken iPhone 4s with iOS 5.1.1. One of the things that always bothers me is that apps can't share files with each other. So I thought I can circumvent that behavior by creating a ...
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Is it a good idea to create a “soft link” from iTunes Library to an external hard drive to release hard drive space?

My iMac has a 1TB internal hard drive, and 300GB is allocated for Windows 7 using BootCamp. Of the 700GB, right now the space remaining is only about 20GB, and I do hope to create a new partition and ...
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Deleting home folders ~symbolic links in Mac OS X

I bought an SSD, so now I have SSD + traditional HD on my Mac. On SSD OS + Applications. On HD data. I wanted to keep applications and library on the SSD and move my home folder from SSD to the ...
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How to duplicate an entire dropbox directory tree to skydrive?

I've got a directory tree set up in my Dropbox folder. For redundancy, I'd like to duplicate that entire tree in SkyDrive. I'd like everything to update and sync automatically (from Dropbox to ...
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How to keep /Volumes symbolic links from getting auto-deleted?

I moved my /Users directory to a separate disk/partition (to get it off my SSD boot disk) as per this post. However, some things (like double-clicks of .html files to be viewed in a an Opera browser) ...
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Symlinks broken with vmhgfs on fusion

When I use VMware Fusion with an Ubuntu guest (it worked long ago, but this problem has existed over several generations of ubuntu, at least including natty, oneiric and precise) and shared folders ...
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How do I delete/break a symbolic link in Lion?

I've made a symbolic link from my SSD to my HDD incorrectly and want to keep the folder on my SSD. How can I delete or break the symlink? Is there a Terminal command that will delete every symbolic ...
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Where does terminal look for its commands?

I've just installed pypy, and I've made a symlink from /pypy to my pypy installation. How can I turn this into a command, so that I can just type pypy myfile.py instead of having to type /pypy ...
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sym linking iTunes Media -> Music to external thumb drive

I'm out of space on my Macbook Air and thinking about ways of removing things. One idea is to put all my music (~100GB) on a big thumb drive (y, and back it up). I pretty much always have my keychain ...
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Mac OS X - How to Symlink /home to /Users

For those of us who dabble in penguins and apples, it seems very worth while to be able to use /home paths either out of habbit or for those odd cases where the value may have been sync'd somewhere ...
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Most important MacOS folders to move from SSD to spinning HDD, and how to move them?

I recently installed a SSD on my Early 2009 Mac Pro. While searching the site, and finding many questions on the subject of SSD to HDD swapping, linking, and cloning. No one actually mentioned the ...
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Is it safe to Symlink your applications folder?

If you had a NAS and you were going to store all your applications on there, would it be safe to - on the computers accessing it - replace their application folder with a symlink to the folder on the ...
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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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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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How do I change back from MacPorts Python to system default version?

I used MacPorts to install a newer version of Python on my system (10.5.8 PPC), and then used the MacPorts select command to change the default invoked version of Python to the MP version. Now I want ...