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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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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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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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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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 can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
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How to get the fully resolved path of a symbolic link in Terminal?

I have a tangled mess of python installations on my laptop. I was looking at the executables in /usr/local/bin and they are all symbolic links to ../../../Library...... There's some weird behavior ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Symlinked services in ~/Library/Services not working in Lion

Does anyone know how to make symlinked services work in Lion? I used to keep all my services under version control in SL and symlinked into ~/Library/Services and this stopped working when I installed ...