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:


On my Mac's home folder, I want to replace the following folders with symlinks or aliases to the Copy ones:

/Users/username/Documents (alias to /Users/username/Copy/Documents)
/Users/username/Movies (alias to ...)
/Users/username/Pictures (alias to ...)
/Users/username/Music (alias to ...)
/Users/username/Workspace (alias to ...)

I have tried to delete a folder under /Users/username and Mac prompts:

“Documents” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by OS X.

I have done this scenario on Ubuntu, that's why I want it on MacBook Air, too.

  • That's possible, I've made something similiar on my machine. However You'll loose directory icons (for example in Finder left pane). There's also a posibility to change Your home folder location, would this be good for You? Sep 11, 2014 at 14:35
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    I found the answer to my question at: apple.stackexchange.com/a/25947/90213 Sep 11, 2014 at 14:54

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Finder will prevent you from deleting the default directories, but Terminal won't. You can use rm -rf /path/to/directory to delete the folder then create the symlink normally.

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