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A brief tutorial on symbolic links
Authored by: iciarch on Aug 27, '11 04:58:01PM

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The reason for the organization of files and partitions is as follows, I am an Architect that utilized software that required Rosetta, and it will not be updated. So coming from the PC world about 4 years ago, I was used to partitioning for data and having software from any directory go there. SO I probably used the wrong logic, I hope not, since this all came about by migrating to a new machine (came with 10.6.8 installed).

I did the following:

Clone of old machine in Partition #1 - Intended to Install Lion into this one.
Clone of my PC Partition put in new Partition #2
Clone of Graphics Partition put in Partition #3-"DATA"
Migrated Old Macine into Partition #4 - Keeping Snow as woking partiton.

Wanted Both partitions to go after DATA in a third Partition, depending on what I booted into. All data stays coordinated and easily backed up.

All the following is happening with programs running in Partion #1 : pre-conversion to Lion.

I followed instructions and all went well. But I may have done something that this command does not allow. I moved all my data (Folder=ARCH) to a partition called "Data" in Partition #3. Removed "ARCH" folder from my documents folder in Partition #1. and did the Link.

Now the issues:
1. Running Parallels and my windows-7 Cad program; everything worked, getting my data loaded (from Partition #3) and getting Virtual files loaded from Partion #2.

Then went to Quicken for windows. Loaded files OK, but when I went to back them up Quicken could not see the new "ARCH" folder in Partiton #3. SO loading files worked but after , writing files did not work. ??????

2. Moved to Partition #4, a clone of Partition #1. Booted and went to do another link from this loaction to the "ARCH" data folder in Partition #3. All I got in the Finder was a "ARCH" folder with a round red dot, it was a empty folder. ???????

Was my logic wrong? Should I have loaded a clone of the "ARCH" folder/data into Partition #3 rather then moving it from partition #1, and then link it?

Been doing the since CPM as a operating system, but no experience in Unix/Apple.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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