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 symbolic links in "~/Library/Application Support/minecraft" which point to the files and folders in Dropbox.

The Problem: Ever since I upgraded to Yosemite, the symbolic links don't work anymore, giving the error "The operation can’t be completed because the original item for “[file]” can’t be found." I can't think of any reason that the links wouldn't work anymore. Any help appreciated.

Running: Dropbox 3.0.3 Mac OS X v10.10.1 Minecraft Launcher 1.5.3 Minecraft 1.8.1

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Correction: 'sudo' was not the problem. I was using a bash script to link all the files automatically, which for some reason ends up creating symlinks that point to where they are created ('source file' is ignored and substituted with 'target file').

Screenshot of the 'target as source' problem

Basically what you end up with is a file that points to itself.

This problem doesn't happen when you type the command into the Terminal manually for each file. You also have to specify the full path to the file you are linking, which I didn't think I needed to. Not sure why, might be a bug with bash or OS X or whatever.

So, instead of:

ln -s saves ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/saves

type (manually in Terminal):

ln -s ~/Dropbox/path/to/saves ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/saves

Hope this helps anyone who is having the same problem.

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    That's odd. You shouldn't need a symlink made by root (what happens when you sudo ln) here. It's all in directories you own.
    – Ian C.
    Commented Dec 14, 2014 at 16:43
  • I agree, made no sense. Also, notice corrections. Commented Dec 14, 2014 at 16:45
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    Are you sure you weren't in ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/ instead of ~/Dropbox/path/to/?
    – 0942v8653
    Commented Dec 14, 2014 at 17:01
  • I'm absolutely sure. The linking script that I used was only in Dropbox, and I CD'd into the directory manually when I ran the script. after the script failed, I then tried to link them manually from current directory as shown above under 'instead of'. Commented Dec 14, 2014 at 17:12
  • I also just got the idea that the link might also with by putting './' in front of the file name when in the directory (i.e. 'ln -s ./saves ~/Library/Application\ Support/minecraft/saves'), but I'll leave that up to someone else to test. Commented Dec 14, 2014 at 17:17

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