I usually install Cyberduck by dragging the
.app bundle into the Applications folder on the root of my hard drive (
/Applications). However, on macOS versions 10.7 Lion and newer, if I later decide to move Cyberduck to my desktop, Finder will create an
alias by default, instead of actually moving the
By contrast, if I instead install Cyberduck to my user Applications folder (
~/Applications), and later attempt to drag Cyberduck to my desktop, the
.app bundle will be moved like any other file.
What makes the
/Applications folder so special? Is it possible to add the same behavior to another folder, or—if SIP is disabled—to modify
/Applications to behave like a normal folder?
A couple things I have already tried:
/Applicationsis owned by
sudo chown root:admin ~/Applicationshas no effect on dragging behavior.
- Inside of a test VM, I renamed
/Applications2. The renamed Applications2 folder retained the same dragging behavior as before, suggesting that the functionality is not hard-coded to a specific path.