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I think we all know that you can change the download location in Safari through its Preferences window. However, if you mount a network volume and then point your download location to a spot on that volume, then that volume will re-mount every time you download an item without interaction (if you saved the username and password into your keychain).

[robg adds: I believe this is an OS-level feature, as it works in other browsers as well.]
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Use auto-moutning downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Dec 05, '06 07:58:57AM

It also works with other applications. Suitcase Fusion will mount a network folder when I launch it if I had not yet mounted the network volume.

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Use auto-moutning downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: lar3ry on Dec 05, '06 08:29:45AM

I do the same thing using Finder shortcuts. Double click on a shortcut to a network volume and as long as you have the correct credentials in your keychain, it will auto-mount when you double-click on it. I have a bunch of useful network shortcuts in my Favorites folder for this very purpose.



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Use auto-moutning downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: Brock Lee on Dec 05, '06 09:10:51AM

Would you explain exactly what you're doing here?

I cannot seem to make an alias to a network mount. I was able to create a .afploc file to a network mount (by using the TextEdit trick of putting the text "afp://machinename.local/username" and then dragging the text onto the Desktop). But when I double-click it, I'm still required to click "Connect" to complete the mount.

Thanks!



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Use auto-moutning downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: lar3ry on Dec 05, '06 04:48:19PM

In my case, it's an alias to a Windows Share (actually, shared from my Linux file server). For a pure Unix (Linux, OS X) solution, NFS works as well.



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Use auto-moutning downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: cobbe on Dec 05, '06 08:54:06AM

I've also had this work with Firefox and a volume that's mounted from a read/write .dmg file.



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What about when that mount is unavailable?
Authored by: gabester on Dec 05, '06 12:03:56PM
Just wondering what happens when that network mount becomes unavailable:
1. Do you suddenly suffer the spinning beach ball every time as the OS tries to connect?
2. Do you get an obscure "permission denied" error?
3. Does the OS behave properly and allow you to then select a different location for your download?

I'm guessing #1 followed by #2.

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What about when that mount is unavailable?
Authored by: JazzDude on Dec 05, '06 12:49:00PM

The download folder location gets reset to default (~/Desktop).



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Also works with dmgs.
Authored by: jwdunn on Dec 05, '06 12:13:08PM

Just out of curiosity, I tested to see if this would work using a DMG. Sure enough, if you create a dmg and mount it and then assign Safari to download to somewhere in the mounted image, then Safari will always mount that dmg and download into it.

This could have some security purposes if the dmg was encrypted - users of your computer would have to type a password before downloading files! However, I'm not sure if there is a way to prevent them from simply changing the download location in the browser preferences...so maybe this would only fool the dumbest of users.

I thought this was interesting.



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Use auto-moutning downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: JazzDude on Dec 05, '06 12:47:17PM

Boy, did I have a hard time figuring out what was wrong with my iBook G3 back then! Every time I launched any browser (IE or iCab), the system (OS 9) came to a halt while trying to connect to my iMac (and, when I was at home, finally succeeding). Turned out I had an alias pointing to that machine in the bookmarks folder of both browsers (an early attempt at bookmark syncing).



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Use auto-mouTNing downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: sjmills on Dec 05, '06 08:26:59PM

Typo in the subject, in case you didn't notice.



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Use auto-mouTNing downloads folders in browsers
Authored by: bkemper on Dec 06, '06 08:14:09AM

Yes, I was going to mention that too. Not because I am a spelling nazi, but because I often search old hints by key word. Anyway, here is the properly spelled word, so at least this comment will show up in the search results: mounting.



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