I keep my Documents in an encrypted directory in Dropbox (
~/Dropbox/encrypted), which I then mount at
~/clear when I log in. On my other Macs, I have change ~/Documents to a symlink that points at
~/clear, but trying to do the same on a new Mountain Lion machine doesn't work:
Pertinax:~$ pwd /Users/drew Pertinax:~$ ls Desktop Dropbox Music README.markdown tmp Documents Library Pictures bin Downloads Movies Public clear Pertinax:~$ ln -sf clear/Documents . ln: ./Documents: Permission denied Pertinax:~$ ls -l@hd Documents drwx------+ 3 drew staff 102B Apr 5 15:02 Documents Pertinax:~$ xattr -l Documents
It doesn't appear to have odd permissions or extended attributes, so I'm stumped. I don't recall what I had done previously to make this work on my Lion and prior machines, or if I did anything special at all.