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The "ln" command doesn't copy or backup anything it just makes a link to it in a different place. Is that what you were trying to do? If you are trying to create a backup you need to use "rsync", or "cp" to copy the files for a backup.


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Finder always shows symlinks as aliases. Even though they are actually different, Finder does not show the difference, regarding all symlinks as aliases.


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The command you used is ok. This created a link in ~/Library/"Application Support"/MobileSync that points to /MacintoshHD/Backup. And this is is a symbolic link. However, is you get the info on Finder it will catalog as Kind: Alias. The first letter of the output of ls -l will show you that is a symbolic link: lrwxr-xr-x 1 username staff 8 Dec 10 ...


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It is a symlink, to Finder they look identical. If you want to see whether it is a symlink do ls -al If it returns something that begins with l, then it is a symlink.


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Maybe I'm off but ... Another approach would be simply to replace mac aliases by regular unix links via "ln -s ..". It has many advantages as Finder shows links as aliases but many applications works as if links were their target. Mac aliases are not always seen by applications as their target so that's also a good reason to prefer regular links… especially ...


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To enable cd'ing into an Folder Alias I've found the following at Mac OS X Hints. Don't know if it still works. Here is the bash function I include in .bashrc. Note that the second elif requires double brackets for the test, because it include the logical operator or (||): function cd { if [ ${#1} == 0 ]; then builtin cd elif [ -d ...



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