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symbolic link, a type of file that is a reference to another file or folder

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tar cvfz command not writing on iCloud Drive folder

I am trying to link up (create a copy) of a folder in the User's Libraryinto the iCloud Drive folder, so that it will be synchronised across computers should I need to change machine. For your ...
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Avid Sibelius on macOS Sierra - linking folders

Notational software Avid Sibelius installs preferences into the following path: /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Avid That folder contains House Styles, Keyboard Shortcuts, Plug-ins and ...
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how to set node path in at /usr/local/bin using nvm

I have installed node using nvm first time and now when I run which node in terminal it gives me /Users/username/.nvm/versions/node/v6.11.4/bin/node but what I need that node path must be at /usr/...
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Why do symlinks in a duplicated folder turn into files after a few seconds?

I have a folder full of files. There are 98 images, and 98 symlinks to those images with alternate filenames. When I hit Duplicate in the Finder on that folder, the copy succeeds normally. But in ...
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How to repair python3.5 and why is it broken at all?

Seems that my python3.5 is broken. I can still call it, either with python3.5 or with /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/bin/python3.5. But it does absolutely nothing, particularly, it ...
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Tradeoffs between symlinking vs changing path to $HOME

I'm moving my user account $HOME to a different drive. The Apple-blessed procedure is outlined here. An alternative would be just to symlink from the old to the new location. Are there any ...
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Can you have symlinks across various backup disks/ volumes?

Is it possible to have two backup disks, which, when connected to the same machine, can have directories symlinked to each other? I'm working on this triple redundant backup scheme in which not all ...
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Terminal: grep recursive - don't search in symlink contents

When searching with grep -r, it avoids following symbolic links by default. This is true for directories, but grep still inspects the contents of files that are symlinks. For instance, if I have a ...
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Living / Linked Copy of File without Alias

Is it possible to have a linked copy of a file that updates whenever the original is saved? This is mainly for use with Google Drive and SVN, where I need a file to exist in two locations, but not be ...
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How to put Desktop on External Drive/Non-System Partition?

Is it possible to get something like a symbolic link/alias to direct to another folder on an external hard drive and still have the files display on the desktop? I used: sudo rm -rf ~/Desktop sudo ...
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Symlinks to executables in `/Applications` cannot run

I'm trying to create a symlink to emacs, in order to let git use it as default editor. ln -s /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs emacs Calling /Applications/Emacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Emacs ...
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Can automator create symlinks but skip existing files?

Today I discovered the awesome Create Symlinks action from JuneCloud. It works great, but creates duplicate files (appending a number to each one) for any symlink that already exists in the final ...
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Bash script for creating symbolic links

I am relatively new to bash and am having some trouble with a script I am trying to write. After spending the last hour or so researching and trying new techniques, I am still unable to do what I ...
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Problem with Symlinks for Moving Mail Data Folder to an External Drive

I am using the Terminal App in El Capitan 10.11.6 I have moved my, "Mail" Folder to the following location: /Volumes/ST-Cuda-4T/AppleMail/Mail From the following location in the Terminal I have ...
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How do I upgrade my openssl? A symlink isn't working for /usr/local/bin/OpenSSL

I'm having trouble updating my version of openssl so I can get Fastlane working. Can anyone explain where OpenSSL should be, and how different environments hook into it? MACOS:~ lamont$ openssl ...
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Not able to share symlinked folders with Dropbox for Mac?

I'm having a problem with the Dropbox client for the Mac. I have symlinked ~/Projects/ into ~/Dropbox/Projects/ using MacDropAny.app, which basically runs ln -s. This works as suspected. But when I ...
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Terminal command that is the same as copy paste in Finder?

I'm curious. As far as cp and rsync I see all these different options. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you copy + paste in Finder, lets say from one hard drive to another, it should preserve: All ...
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Create a symbolic link for sublime text in Mac OS X

I have the newest Mac OS 10.12.3. With the new rootless system Apple has implemented, I can't create a symbolic link using ln under /usr/bin. My goal is so that I can use subl in terminal. How can I ...
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Deleting symbolic link - operation not permitted

I stupidly used my terminal to create a symbolic link typing this: sudo ln -s /bin/tcsh tcsh And now I need to delete it. I tried sudo rm tcsh but when I authenticate it tells me: override rwxr-...
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Symlinking /User/SpecialFolder to different drive creates Folder in Folder

Just finished re-installing macOS Sierra on my MBP and am trying to move the ~/Downloads and other folders to a different drive so they end up in /Volumes/Data/ instead. I created a /Volumes/Data/...
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Relocated Home directory to exFAT partition => Skype freezes

Do you have a fix for this particular scenario: 1) Two partitions boot drive, the second one formatted exFAT 2) Relocate Home directory to Partition2 using the default way: System Preferences -> ...
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Symlinked MobileSync folder but still “not enough free space”

I have an external hard drive and I plan to put iPhone backups on it. I did symlink to it this way: ln -s /Volumes/external/Backup ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync When I'm trying to do a ...
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Symlink for OneDrive

I did research beforehand on google How to Sync Any Folder to the Cloud With Symbolic Links and on Ask Different, but I still cannot find an answer to this specific question. The file I want to ...
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merge folder trees on OSX by moving, not copying them

It's backup time, and I've been trying to merge two big directory trees on the same (physical) partition, with lots levels of depth. The first one is the base containing all my projects up to 2014, ...
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“Permission error” when creating files on a new hard drive in Mac Pro

I just installed a 6TB HDD in a 2008 Mac Pro with 10.11.4 and am trying to make a symlink on it, ln -s /origin /destination, but I get Permission denied errors. I then tried to just create a file ...
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Will items that are supposed to download to a folder that has been changed to a symbolic link download to where the symbolic link is linked to?

I'm trying to put the downloaded content for Logic Pro X on an external hard drive. I created the appropriate folders on my external and put corresponding symbolic links in the appropriate ...
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How can I cd to an alias directory in the Mac OSX terminal without creating symbolic link [duplicate]

I used to be able to cd into aliases with my Mac. Today I was messing around with ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile to make PostgreSQL work. After I restarted my computer it stopped cd'ing to aliases and ...
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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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Symlinking ~/Documents to ~/Google Drive

I could not understand whether other questions had been answered, or if the answers were valid for my version of OS X (Mavericks), so I'm asking for the definite truth about the following: Can I ...
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Create a symbolic link do navigate with cd

Is it possible to create a symbolic link to easier change directories? like ln -s /Users/mles/Documents /usr/local/bin/d so I can cd d instead of cd ~/Documents?
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Symlink Google Drive

I want to sync folders that are on my Mac to Google Drive, without having to drag the folders to the Google Drive folder and preserving my folder structure on my Mac. I assumed you would have to ...
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Unable to symlink /Users in OS X El Capitan

I#m running OS X El Capitan and want to symlink /Users to /home sudo ln -sf /Users /home fails with ln: home/Users: Operation not supported Why does this fail? Could this be related to other OS ...
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If I symlink an iCloud folder to my OS X drive, will the files only be accessible while I'm online?

I was thinking of moving my documents folder to iCloud then just creating a symlink to them on my computer (is this a bad idea in the first place, is there a more elegant solution?) However I would ...
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Logic Pro X and SymLinked Files

I use Logic Pro X, and it's very particular of the naming of the directories it uses. I'm SymLinking the Gigabytes of extra content it's downloaded from external drives. HOWEVER I wanted to ask ...
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Are there any good reasons to NOT symlink 'System Folders' like Photos or Music?

I am currently adopting oDrive for all my cloud storage needs. The only restriction that oDrive has it that it creates a folder called 'ODRIVE' on your computer. Everything that you want to sync has ...
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Symbolic links of plist file getting turned into plain text files

I'm trying to share my Sequel Pro favourites between my iMac and my Macbook Air. The method I'm using is this: On the iMac, ove Favorites.plist from ~/Application Support/Sequel Pro/Data to ~/...
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How to copy a zip with symbolic link in OS X?

I am trying to create a zip file with a symbolic link. I have a subfolder in my mainfolder with some.bundle. I create symbolic link for this some.bundle which is placed in another subfolder of ...
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Install new NANO (2.4) using BREW but still uses old versions (symbolic link not created?)

I installed NANO 2.4 but my OS X is still using 2.0. I beleive its something to do with the symbolic link that wasn't created. I first tapped the homebrew/dupes so i could brew install nano ~ brew ...
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How to Restore the Mail Symlinks to External Drive on 10.11?

My Mac Mail has been working using an external drive for the library and all messages since 2013. However I upgraded to 10.11 today and need to find a way to reference everything on the external ...
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Softlink /bin/bash to a brew-installed bash

It is a question related to this other one, but I can't comment. I've updated to use bash 4 from brew installation. But I don't know if changing all the header scripts from: #!/bin/bash To #!/usr/...
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Python interpreter crashes on execution

having bought my first macbook I am not very experienced in debugging the libraries and a bit at a loss. Upon execution of my python script the following error report shows up: Process: ...
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Could not create symlink for “/Users”

I want to create symbolic link for /Users to /home. So i tried to execute ln -s \Users \home. which gave me error ln: /home/Users: Operation not supported. Any way to do this? Thanks
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Why are Finder shortcuts to Ext HDD removed whenever it's not connected? Workarounds?

I have a lot of files on an external drive to my new MBP and there's too many of them for the internal 500GB SSD (and no second drive bay to make a fusion drive or have a second drive in latest MBP ...
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Recover FIles/Folder from sudo rm -rf Terminal Command

Short Story: I was attempting to create a symlinked folder from my external to my desktop, and the folder I wanted (ALL of my working folders and files) are gone. Long Story: My job wanted me to use ...
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How to remove '/home' directory?

OS X 10.9.5. I have a /home directory in my filesystem. I want to remove it and create a symlink named /home pointing to /Users to make symlinks from GNU/Linux usable. But I cannot remove /home ...
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/usr/include vs /usr/local/include

I just discovered that on my MAC /usr/local/include is a symbolic link to usr/include (since about 9 months), causing problems with homebrew. I wonder whether this link is normal? harmless? Is there a ...
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Automating Creation of Hundreds of Symlinks in Finder

What's going to be the most painless way to automate the creation of hundreds of symlinks? My iTunes Movies folder contains each .mp4 film in an individual folder. These folders are named for the ...
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Printer deamon creates hundreds of symlinks

Today I stumbled over hundreds of symbolic links in my OS X /tmp folder. > … lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 66B 10 Mai 11:42 554f27eaca409 -> /private/etc/cups/ppd/...
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To search contents of symlink

I want to search documents from by disc2 to which I created a symlink to disc1. However, I think this is not the way to go by creating a symblink to a current folder: ln -s /Volumes/Disc2/books/...
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grepping /Library and “Too many levels of symbolic links”

I'm trying to clean up remnants of an application that was removed: $ sudo grep -R "iNet Network" /Library ... grep: /Library//Frameworks/Mono.framework/Home/lib/libmono-2.0.1.dylib.dSYM/libmonoboehm-...