Saturday, April 24, 2010

Symbolic links and aliases

Aliases* and symbolic links do essentially the same thing but behave differently, one of the main problems with the formers (alias) is that they cannot be navigated from the terminal. On the other hand symbolic links can be navigated both from the terminal and Finder. Fortunately there is a way to create symbolic links in the Finder via AppleScript.

(*) The aliases behave like hard links, the source file can be moved but the alias always points to the same filesystem object. But they are more powerful than a hard link, with an alias you can link a folder or an object in another filesystem.

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