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Can Finder identify a hard link? And a caution.
Authored by: MtnBiker on Mar 29, '07 10:40:29AM

If this works the way I think it does, it provides easy access to those files too.

But as far as I can tell, in the Finder the hard link looks like a stand alone file (Info shows nothing unusual, icon is the same as the original). Which could lead one to making changes in what looks like a copy, but is an important system file.

Is there a way to tell in the Finder that it's a hard link?
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The Finder gets very confused if you edit the hard link. The original can temporarily disappear from the Finder. And my limited test shows that the original is unchanged (and maybe delinked) if you edit the hard linked version. In fact it seems that the original file loses changes made to it if you later make changes in the hard link.

From this I take away, do not make any changes in the hard linked file. But since there is no way of knowing that you are working on the hard linked file, that's not easy to prevent.

I can easily imagine working on the hard link instead of the original: If you create a hard link, check the hard link to make sure it looks good, and then using "open recent" in a text editor, work on the hard link instead of the original file.

I hope I'm wrong about this or that there is a simple work around.

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