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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow Desktop
From what I've come across, this is a lot easier to do in Panther than in previous builds. Note that this affects all aliases system-wide and you must be logged in as an Administrator.

Go to /System -> Library -> CoreServices, and change the owner for SystemIcons.bundle to yourself by control-clicking and choosing Get Info. Select Details under Ownership and Permissions. Be sure to change permissions back after completing this hint. If you're a terminal junkie, su and chmod your way to the next step.

Control-click on SystemIcons.bundle and select Show Package Contents. Go to Contents -> Resources and change the filename AliasBadgeIcon.icns to OLDAliasBadgeIcon.icns (or whatever your heart desires). Relaunch Finder and you should be set.
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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: ragnar on Dec 12, '03 12:17:59PM

Nice hint. I'm a big fan of OS X, but I personally miss the more subtle OS 9 way of italicizing the filename of an alias.



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: mm2270 on Dec 12, '03 04:52:30PM

Actually I believe OS 9 had the alias badge too, but it somehow wasn't as prominent as it is in OS X.
And yes, the italicizing of fonts was a nice touch. No need to look at an icon badge to know if it was an alias or not. Hopefully Apple will bring that back some day.



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: ngb on Dec 12, '03 08:07:16PM

Can't say as I miss the italicized text.



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: mervTormel on Dec 12, '03 10:15:37PM

can't say it either



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: Krioni on Dec 15, '03 12:18:13AM

Got to agree with both: it was a lot more obvious, and yet a pain in the neck. I often found it harder to read the name, and editing italicized text is a major pain - where the hell is your cursor when arrowing through text, and which characters is it between?



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: digitol on Dec 20, '03 03:27:36AM

I hate the *censored*ing "M$ft" style arrow allias badge.. it makes me think of a MS OS everytime I see it.. Good riddance!!! maybe at the very least apple can make a diff alias badge?!! Uhgg!



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: paulrob on Dec 20, '03 03:39:20PM

Well, there's nothing to stop users altering the alias badge to show something else, instead of just renaming it.

How about a pair of sunglasses, with a fedora hat. Geddit?! You know, a disguise - an alias!

P.



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: tonyx7x on Jun 30, '04 07:39:20AM

Hi I have permissions for the file but I can't re-name it what gives? Thanks.



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10.3: Remove the alias badge arrow
Authored by: aruns on Jul 15, '04 08:35:09AM

Hi tonyx7x,
You'll need to change the permissions for the parent folders of the file as well before you could rename it.



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10.4: Remove the alias badge arrow in Tiger
Authored by: jchapman on Apr 30, '05 05:21:09PM

The location of the AliasBadgeIcon.icns file has changed in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger:

/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/



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10.4: Remove the alias badge arrow in Tiger
Authored by: JimAkin on May 02, '05 01:47:10AM
Thanks jchapman! Good sleuthing on the location of AliasBadgeIcon.icns in Tiger.

Like the poster that most recently preceded you in this thread (nearly a year ago), I had trouble switching permissions on the file using the Finder's Get Info pulldowns. Rather than following arun's advice about changing (and unchanging) permissions for both parent folder and file, I fired up Terminal.

Since the procedure isn't detailed anywhere in the thread, here's what to type in Terminal:
cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources
Hit Return, then type:
sudo mv AliasBadgeIcon.icns OldAliasBadgeIcon.icns
Hit return again, enter admin password at prompt, and it's done.

Thanks again.

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Jim

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