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Authored by: eduo on Sep 16, '05 05:25:37AM

You're confusing Aliases with Links.

Aliases are OSX-specific (in the same way 'Shortcuts', or "lnk" files are exclusive of Windows).

Links are Unix-specific and are not the same as aliases. Symbolic links are small files pointing to the real files and the Finder currently doesn't interpret them in any way. When you see a link you see the actual endfile. And it's actually worrying because it applied the permissions of the containing folder, not of the actual end file.

A good example of link (not aliases!) farm is what iPhoto used (dunno if newer versions still do) to do when the same photo was in several albums or in CDs burned from within iPhoto. Photos showed as duplicates but were actually links.



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