Which should you use, and what are their strengths and drawbacks? Symbolic links, hard links, aliases and bookmarks explained – oh, and a mention of firmlinks too.
How can you create and resolve Finder Aliases at the command line? And two further utilities you may find helpful for working with Aliases.
Finder alias repair utility, now runs native on Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.
New version should address long delays in checking old Finder Alias files.
How can you check all your old Finder Aliases to see which are broken and, more importantly, which are in danger of breaking?
This page is for your support questions and comments on my free utilities Precize, Alifix and alisma, which […]
An old bug in UTIs can cause problems for apps, and may even crash them. The issue is that macOS can’t always tell what type of object certain ‘files’ are.
So resolving an Alias doesn’t always update data in the Alias file, even though it returns the correct path when possible. This is becoming a mess.
Links – hard links, symlinks, and Finder Aliases – are the most complex and confusing of simple concepts in computing. Do they get any better after research?
It’s worth refreshing all your Finder Aliases before copying or cloning a volume to update their link info. Here’s a free tool to do that and more: Alifix.