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Why has Lion made aliases useless?

1991 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Oct 13, 2011 8:21 PM by John Mertes RSS
Tom in London Level 4 Level 4 (1,570 points)
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Sep 19, 2011 1:41 AM

Here's what happens: I highlight an application (or a file). I make an alias from it and the alias appears right next to its "mother".

 

I then drag the alias to the other place, from which I want to be able to access the "mother".

 

And guess what happens? I get a *second alias* in the new place, and the first alias I made stays right where it is. So I have to go back and delete the first alias.

 

Is this another of Lion's new features? Will some of you fanboys in here tell me how great this is?

  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:54 AM (in response to Tom in London)

    Do you get a little green "+" next the icon when yoou drag it to the new location?

    If so, it's copying it. You need to press Command as well to actually move it.

     

    I think it's actually Cmd-Option-Drag to make an alias in another location anyway, which would be much quicker

  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,300 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 1:57 AM (in response to Tom in London)

    Yes you can edit your own original post - as long as you do it within 10-15 minutes of posting. This is not new.

     

    I did the edit just to prove it can be done.

     

    MJ

     

    Message was edited by: Mike Johnson12

  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:09 AM (in response to Tom in London)

    Whether you've done it or not, the correct way to make an alias is the press Cmd-Option and drag your source file into another location

  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:20 AM (in response to Tom in London)

    If others reply and are also seeing the change, I would say it's normal and you should feed back to Apple if you feel it's important.

    If others are not seeing the change it may be a problem on your individual Mac.

  • Alf Megson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 2:26 AM (in response to Tom in London)

    Hi Tom,

     

    I think what Dave was asking was whether when you drag your alias to its new location, do you get a green circle with a white + at the bottom right of the icon.

     

    If so, this would indicate that the place you are dragging the alias to is either on a different volume (partition or drive) to the original or possibly that you don't have write privileges in the location of the original.

     

    Since I learned about the alt (or opt) cmd drag method many years ago, I've never used the 'create alias' method because it always appends the word 'alias' which I find untidy and I have to edit.

     

    I'm actually having my own issues with aliases since Lion which are forever giving me 'cannot be found' errors.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,305 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 4:49 AM (in response to Tom in London)

    Is this another of Lion's new features? Will some of you fanboys in here tell me how great this is?

    It could be. Lion prevents you from moving things out of the Applications folder. However, it will automatically create an alias of anything you try to move out of it. You'll know what it is going to do by the curly alias badge that is appended to the drag icon. If you want to make a copy, you can just hold down the command or option key. Then, you'll see the green plus copy badge.

  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Sep 19, 2011 5:01 AM (in response to Barney-15E)

    Tom (OP) says it also happens with files though

    (Didn't know about the apps not being moveable)

  • John Mertes Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 1, 2011 6:15 PM (in response to Dave Hutch)

    I'm having the same problem of my aliases not working. I have some files with aliases in a file I call "frequent docs". Most of these are NeoOffice spreadsheets. when I click on one of these files, I am switched to NeoOffice in front but the file does not open. this just started in Lion. I've tried deleting and replacing the alias and the alias still doesn't work. Nor does it work when I click on the alias with 'frequent docs" open in Finder.

     

    I tried the CMD+OPT and drag the file over to frequent docs and still doesn't work.

     

    Worked fine before Lion.

  • John Mertes Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 13, 2011 8:21 PM (in response to John Mertes)

    Problem is gone just as mysteriously as it came.

    My aliases are working again. I don't know why they started working again.

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