Linked Questions

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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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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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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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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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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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Applications and preferences on USB drive

Is it possible to have applications, plugins and preferences installed on portable media such as USB drive? I have two identical computers, one at work and one at home, and I'd like to have the exact ...
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Is it safe to delete a user's “Downloads” and “Documents” folders in OS X? [closed]

When attempting to delete my user account's "Downloads/Documents" folder, I get a beep and nothing happens. But I figure I could probably get rid of them in Terminal with a sudo rm -f...am I right? ...