How to make different types of copy/clone/link/alias in the Finder and command line, their properties and uses, summarised in two table.
If you thought the first article was lightweight fun, here’s more about links/aliases to folders, behaviour in apps, iCloud, and Bookmarks.
Mojave has 5 different types of copy/clone/alias/link, some of which can appear to behave oddly. Here they are, fully explained.
This update comes with full guidance on how to get the best from the app with Mojave’s privacy protection.
Create and resolve Finder aliases from the command line, and convert Unicode strings into any of their normalised forms.
Adds quick copying to 6 key values, making them much easier and more efficient to paste into other apps, and fixes a bug in Save.
Provides a unique collection of info, including volfs path, inode number, extended attribute and total sizes, Base-64 encoded Bookmark, and more.
New version integrates Bookmark resolution, preview, etc. and has detailed reporting. Runs on El Cap to High Sierra, HFS+ and APFS.
Why wasn’t a Finder Sync extension working properly? What’s the difference between volfs and FileReferenceURLs, and how have they changed in APFS?
A defining difference between macOS and iOS, the command line depends on constancy of file names, and consistency of paths. iCloud breaks both, as well as Finder aliases.