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Authored by: Xeo on Dec 16, '02 04:42:45PM

Symlinks are like Windows shortcuts. They are path based, relative or hard references. This can be fine for most things, but they simply don't work as well as aliases. However, the CLI doesn't know what an alias is so it collides a lot. Aliases are a lot better from the GUI side of things.

Apple needs to make a new type of alias which the CLI can recognize as if it were a symlink, but one that would act like an aliase, even in the CLI.

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Links aware GUI
Authored by: skalpa on Dec 17, '02 07:47:06AM

Actually, I don't think making the CLI recognize aliases is possible. However, the opposite can be done easily: the GUI could be enhanced so it's able to handle / create 2 types of 'aliases': legacy ones (a-la-MacOS) and unix ones (symlinks). 10.3 feature ??

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Links aware GUI
Authored by: Krioni on Dec 17, '02 04:09:49PM

Um, the GUI already "handles" sym-links, at least. I don't think you can create them in the Finder, but you can certainly follow them. It would be nice to add the ability to create them in the Finder, as well, and certainly wouldn't be hard. The OnMyCommand contextual menu plugin allows you to write comand-line programs that act on the selected file, so it would be easy to add a "Create Symbolic Link" command in about 1 minute worth of writing. Check out VersionTracker if you want to try OnMyCommand - it's free, and I love it.

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