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What's the difference between alias and link?

I see that the size of alias is 167.7kB, whereas symbolic link is just 4kB. What's the difference between the two, or what's the purpose of them? Which one is preferable? For the case that the link/...
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How to create MacOS/*nix command explainer text like this using a tool?

┌── ln(1) link, ln -- make links │ ┌── Create a symbolic link. │ │ ┌── the optional path to the intended symlink │ │ │ if omitted, symlink is in ...
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What does a hard link do?

This has been mentioned in this question here: What's the difference between alias and link? But I am not even sure what I am looking for. I wish to create a hard link of the type where if a ...
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Restoring iPhone Backup from External Hard Drive

I had recently organised all the storage on my Mac and was finally able to back up my MAC and my iPhone. In order to create more space, I found an article online which told me how to move the back up ...
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Can I remove user's home directory folders?

I have the following scenario: All of my files, documents etc. are saved on Copy.com. I have installed copy on my MacBooc Air all my files went to the following directory: /Users/username/Copy /...
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macOS Cannot Create Valid Symlink From Terminal Using Relative Paths

Using the following snippet it creates an invalid symlink. But according to other answers it should work fine. # make a temp dir and save path to var. # set dir (mktemp -d) # fish shell only! dir=$(...
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Why OSX symlink cannot Relative PATHs?

System in OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan $ cd $HOME $ ls . > Dropbox > BTsync Code which creates unsuccessful symlink ln -s BTsync/ Dropbox/ Code which creates working symlink ln -s /Users/masi/...
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Can I get some help making a symbolic link to run VSCode from the command line?

I downloaded VSCode and tried to make link for code to use code command to open VSCode. I also appended this vscode path to PATH variable. I have downloaded VSCode in folder called Work. This Work ...
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Is it possible to edit a macOS alias with vim?

I like to use macOS's alias feature to not have to make redundant files. These aliases work great with Chrome and TextEdit. When I open them with vim, however, I get a giant messy file (presumably the ...
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Homebrew git reporting older version

I have just upgraded git. It's now a symlink to the Cellared most recent version. $ ls -l `which git` /usr/local/bin/git -> ../Cellar/git/2.14.1/bin/git However $git --version git version 2.11.0 ...
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Is it possible to let Picasa use a removable device as the Application Support folder using symbolic links?

Picasa stores very large files in Application Support folder which consumes limited disk space in system disk. I wonder if I can use symbolic links in order to make Picasa use removable disk as ...
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How to change the `sh` command to run scripts in bash 4

I have installed bash 4 with Homebrew and bash --version shows me the version 4. If I have following test script: #!/usr/local/bin/bash # test-version.sh echo $BASH_VERSION And I make it executable ...
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Sync custom App Shortcuts via iCloud

I know that with Mavericks and iOS 7, iCloud syncs text shortcuts automatically across devices. Does iCloud also sync custom Application specific Shortcuts across Macs? Application specific ...
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Unable to understand the instructions for building a symlink

I am not able to solve my problem using the instructions below: Change the default Quicktime screen recording cache in OSX Mojave to be on an external flash drive instead? I'm trying to change where ...
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ln symbolic link command error - iphone bu symbolic link troubleshoot

Having problem changing iphone backup location (following this tutorial https://www.iclarified.com/72786/how-to-change-your-iphone-backup-location-mac) cannot interpret the error - any help ...
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