I have some some folders look like this structure:

  • Buy folder -> state_diagram_for_buy, activity_diagram_for_buy
  • Sell folder -> state_diagram_for_sell, activity_diagram_for_sell
  • Search folder -> state_diagram_for_search, activity_diagram_for_search

I want to group all the state_diagrams and activity diagrams in two folder. So one folder is used to store state_diagram and another one is used to store the activity diagrams.

However, I don't want to copy those file, since any changes in the original files cannot reflect on the copy one. I know there is a Unix command: ln can be used to create the linking. But are there other ways to create the linkings in finder because I don't know to type the commands many time...

  • Might it not be easier to use one folder with the standard names you have then to find all but - esearch for _buy. and for start diagram for state* . ln is the shortest you can type so I don't see how it could be quicker
    – mmmmmm
    May 21, 2013 at 16:22

3 Answers 3


You can create a smart search for each type of file. Make a search in Finder by file name (you can also enter other criteria) and when you're satisfied with the results, save it.


You can make an alias for a file using the File > Make Alias menu in Finder. (Alternatively, drag the file icon whilst holding alt and cmd.)

So, for example, set up your Buy, Sell and Search folders as you describe. Then create a State diagrams folder, and alt-cmd-drag the state_diagram files into it.


hipSpace.app is a temporal workspace. It records our informations using references on them, it lets dedicated applications to manage the location of their own stuff. By defaults, adding, drag&dropping or copy&pasting into hipSpace, will not move neither change our original informations. Hope it can help you. http://hipSpace.net

  • This sounds more like a generic product description than an actual answer to a quite specific question. How would the OP use hipSpace to solve the problem described in the question?
    – nohillside
    Mar 24, 2015 at 8:24
  • hipSpace is like a Folder of soft links (alias). Code4j can drag (or copy/paste) all activiy_diagram (_buy, _sell, _search) into it ! Ok, for the moment hipSpace represents one Folder of aliases, Code4j needs 2 Folders. A workaround could to divide the Space in 2 parts.
    – Chappox
    Mar 25, 2015 at 8:55

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