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I know app artifacts are installed into /Applications directly.

And I spot below output when uninstalling Dropbox:

==> Backing App 'Dropbox.app' up to '/opt/homebrew/Caskroom/dropbox/140.4.1951/Dropbox.app'

an intermediate step of uninstalling but exactly what I want.

So does there exist a fine-grained command for this and a reverse counterpart?

Just like I can brew link & unlink a formula?

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So does there exist a fine-grained command for this and a reverse counterpart?

Unfortunately, there isn't a native way of doing this in homebrew cask. From a similar feature request:

We used to link. It doesn’t work and only leads to problems. Most users prefer it this way.

A kind of hacky way would be to delete it from /Applications when you don't need it, and copy it over from /opt/homebrew/Caskroom/ when you do. Thanks to @nichijou for clarifying this isn't possible.

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  • Thanks. But I don't think you can bring it back by copying from Caskroom, There hold only symlinks.
    – nichijou
    Feb 24 at 19:43
  • Ah ok thanks for clarifying. I'll update that accordingly. I guess it's either you have it installed or you don't. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    – Haren S
    Feb 24 at 19:47

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