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I dislike the Windows-like arrows in the lower left corner of alias icons. Ever since Panther came out, I'd been using the technique described in this hint to get rid of them. After updating to 10.5.8 the pesky arrows were back, I had a little trouble locating the tip for 10.5, because it is categorized for 10.3, and updated information for Tiger users is only presented at the end of the comments. This method works for Leopard [crarko adds: and Snow Leopard] as well. Hence, this version summarizes (and slightly elaborates on) the Tiger-specific instructions from the original submission.

The procedure, which renames the arrow-image file AliasBadgeIcon.icns so that the System won't find it, affects all users and accounts and requires administrator privileges. Open Terminal and type or copy/paste:

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

Press Return and then type or copy/paste:

sudo mv AliasBadgeIcon.icns AliasBadgeIcon_off.icns

Press Return again, type your administrator's password at the prompt, and you're done. The arrows will be gone after your next restart.

To undo this, repeat the steps above, but swap the positions of the filenames on the second command line:

sudo mv AliasBadgeIcon_off.icns AliasBadgeIcon.icns

All thanks and credit to the original posters who figured this out. [crarko adds: The correct authorship has been established, and thank to JimAkin for the original hint. Apologies for the confusion.]

[crarko adds: I tested this in 10.6.4, and it works in Snow Leopard as well.]
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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Aug 27, '10 07:34:01AM

Very cool! I like the arrows though; they tell me they are aliases. Of course from the CL you can't tell much :)

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can't su to root (OSX 10.6)
Authored by: cletarsus on Aug 27, '10 09:27:53AM

Howdy all. I'm perplexed. I have enabled the root account on my macbook. I can log in as root with no trouble. However, when I try to su or su root from a regular account snow leopard says su: Sorry and returns me to the command line. What am I missing? Many thanks.



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can't su to root (OSX 10.6)
Authored by: robleach on Aug 27, '10 11:33:55AM

I think this belongs in the forums.



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can't su to root (OSX 10.6)
Authored by: crarko on Aug 27, '10 11:46:19AM

Yes, that would be best. Cletarsus, please register at our forum site, hintsforums.macworld.com, and repost your help request there.

Craig A.



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can't su to root (OSX 10.6)
Authored by: cal81985 on Oct 23, '10 09:24:21AM

Just in case you didn't get an answer or someone is reading this wondering the same thing, Mac OS X's Terminal uses "sudo" rather than "su".



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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: kioarthurdane on Aug 27, '10 10:04:19AM

Meh, just use hardlinks if you're so bent out of shape by the little arrows.

ln <source file> <destination link>



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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: snivels on Aug 27, '10 11:42:29AM

Which is fine, until you want a file pointer that works across volumes, or if you want a seamless GUI setup that (a) allows aliases and (b) doesn't confuse the sort of folks who tend to become confused by icons that don't look the same everywhere.




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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: JimAkin on Aug 28, '10 09:00:16AM

With the exception of the bracketed asides by our host, this is a verbatim copy of a Hint I submitted in November 2005. (Original is <a href="http://bit.ly/b9nPWC">here</a>.)

I certainly don't mind the Hint getting recycled for use in Snow Leopard, but whoever daz1847 is, s/he's passing off old stuff as new -- and claiming credit without the sort of hat-tip I thought was the norm around these parts.

Cheers,

JimAkin

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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: crarko on Aug 28, '10 09:36:46AM

Hey, my apologies, Jim.

I will change this hint to reflect the proper credit.



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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: kendellrt on Aug 28, '10 02:34:11PM

This didn't work for me. I actually copied and pasted the text into Terminal. What am I missing?



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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: zpjet on Aug 29, '10 11:37:31AM

I wonder if I used an alias this year... I don't think so. Obsolete :)



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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: marriott on Sep 06, '10 02:35:00PM

The real question is how to get alias text in italics!



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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: pbGuy on Jul 26, '11 08:09:48AM

Attempted via Terminal in Lion (v7.0) and nothing happens.

I hope someone can find the new commands, for Lion, as the Alias Badges have returned in Lion.



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Remove arrows from aliases updated
Authored by: pbGuy on Aug 28, '11 09:42:43AM
The above Terminal command does work for Lion 10.7.1, after logging out and then, back in.
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