As much time as I spend "under the hood" (as opposed to in the 'hood) in OS X, I'm surprised that I haven't encountered this problem before, which is: aliases made in the Finder (with Command-L) are not navigable from the command line. I was shocked. Having need for a quick-and-dirty way to make symbolic links in the GUI, I whipped up the following AppleScript. Copy the following code and paste it into a new Script Editor window.
Save the file as a Run Only application (with or without Startup Screen). When you drop a file or folder onto the resulting application, a symbolic link will be made in the same directory as the file, with the extension .sym. I'm sure there are ways to improve on this script (e.g. batch functionality), and I look forward to what other MacOSXHints community has to say.
on open (docpath) tell application "Finder" activate set docpath to docpath as text set search_string to ":" set replacement_string to "/" set oldDelims to AppleScript's text item delimiters set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the search_string set docpath to text items of docpath set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the replacement_string set docpath to text items of docpath as text set unixpath to "/Volumes/" & docpath set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the oldDelims end tell if last text item of (unixpath as text) is equal to "/" then set unixpath to (text 1 through ¬ ((length of unixpath) - 1) of unixpath) end if do shell script "ln -s " & quoted form of unixpath & " " & ¬ quoted form of unixpath & ".sym" end open
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