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Chapter 1. Mac Os X Annoyances > CREATE SYMBOLIC LINKS INSTEAD OF ALIASES

CREATE SYMBOLIC LINKS INSTEAD OF ALIASES

The Annoyance:

I like to create aliases of folders and place them on the desktop and other locations. This lets me easily get to folders when I need them. But whenever I try to refer to one of these aliases using any command in Terminal, Unix never recognizes the aliases. In the Finder, these aliases have generic icons instead of the fancy icons of the Application and Home folders, which is just plain annoying.

The Fix:

The way to fix both of these issues simultaneously is to create symbolic links instead of aliases. Symbolic links are the Unix version of aliases. Like aliases, symbolic links point to another folder or file. Unlike aliases, the symbolic link has the same icon as the original and works in the Unix shell of Terminal (/Applications/Utilities). Here's the drawback: if you move the original folder, the symbolic link breaks.


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