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Hint is backwards ...
Authored by: dhrakar on Aug 23, '03 12:42:29AM
Unfortunately, this tip is backwards. When creating a symbolic link, the syntax is (from the man page):
ln [-fhns] source_file [target_file]
Thus, the tip example should have been:
ln -s /path/to/new/trash ~/.Trash

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Hint is backwards ...
Authored by: bkazez on Aug 23, '03 10:58:31AM

The command in the hint is actually correct. The man page is a little misleading in the names they give the arguments. By source_file they mean the original file (see DESCRIPTION, which is immediately below SYNOPSIS). Since ~/.Trash is the original file, it should come first in the argument list.

If you're still doubtful, try the command out yourself.



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Hint is backwards ...
Authored by: Frederico on Aug 23, '03 02:30:04PM

I agree with the first reply; the original syntax is backwards.

For the second reply, indeed, try the command yourself.

it has always been:

link (symbolically) [to this real file/folder] [from this symbolic location/name]

Thus, e.g.:

ln -s /Volumes/OtherDisk/OtherDirectory/TargetDirectory /Volumes/OriginalDisk/OriginalDirectory/NameOfActualSymbolicLinkThatUsuallyMatchesTargetDirectory



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Hint is backwards ...
Authored by: dhrakar on Aug 23, '03 03:20:35PM
Having used the ln command many times in the past, I'm still doubtful ;-) For the purposes of ln, source refers to the original, existing file or directory and target refers to the destination. That is, the intent is to use target as a substitute for source. Thus, you could look at it like
ln -s file-i-want-to-get-to local-file-substitute
So, in your case, you want to get to the 'real' trash location when you go to ~/.Trash so ./Trash becomes the target and not the source. Yes, it can be confusing :-/

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Hint is backwards ...
Authored by: srowen on Aug 23, '03 04:14:31PM

No, the example in the hint is in fact backwards.

You're right about the syntax of ln, but "~/.Trash" is *not* the real directory being linked to. The point is that the trash is being moved to something like "/MyTrash", and "~/.Trash" is being changed to a symbolic link. "/MyTrash" is the source file, and "~/.Trash" is the target, so the arguments in the tip should be reversed.



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Clarifications
Authored by: bkazez on Aug 23, '03 08:59:23PM

It appears I submitted my hint to hastily! First of all, those of you who said the order was wrong were correct. Quoting from "Sam's Teach Yourself UNIX":

Issue the ln command as ln -s .

And I discovered it takes two more steps to complete the location change.

So, to change the location of your trash, first type these two commands at the Terminal:

ln -s /path/to/new/trash ~/.Trash
mkdir /path/to/new/trash

Then, choose Force Quit from the Apple menu and relaunch the Finder.

Your Trash should now be successfully redirected.

Ben

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