Currently Being ModeratedNov 4, 2011 6:30 AM (in response to shambojee)
Same problem here: https://discussions.apple.com/message/16625799#16625799
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 10:10 AM (in response to shambojee)
Same problem with me. My installation of Lion (10.7.2) was an upgrade from Snow Leopard, where I had created the sym links prior to the upgrade. As shambojee has mentioned, it's only an issue in the save dialog boxes. It should also be noted that all of my symbolic linked folders are in Dropbox. There is a thread in the Dropbox support forums that discusses another's issue, but I'm not entirely sure it's 100% relevant to my issue: http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=40992
I'm really hoping this will be fixed soon, and not another unwanted/unintended "feature" introduced in Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 10:46 AM (in response to NikNet)
After some testing, it seems as though in my case, it's only an issue with Microsoft Office 2011 and some other applications, and not the symbolic links themselves. The symbolic links work as expected in native OS X applications' save dialogs and some other apps, where clicking on a sym link to a folder takes you to that folder (tested & working: MAC-native (TextEdit, Safari, Mail), TextWrangler, MindNode, Bean, OpenOffice, Keynote).
Office applications and others however, display the sym linked folder as greyed-out in their save dialog boxes, and clicking on one will put the name of that folder in the Save As: textbox where you would normally specify the name of the file. The "others" I've tested so far that fail are Taco HTML edit and Photoshop CS4.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 11:27 AM (in response to shambojee)
I erased my hard disk and installed Lion from scratch. I've made a few symbolic links, and they work as usual in the Finder; they behave just like regular folders. However, in save dialogs symlinks are grey and behave like files, i.e., I can navigate into them and if click one its name jumps into the "Save as:" box. Does anyone else have this problem (or a solution)?
Nope. They work fine.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 4, 2013 11:44 AM (in response to shambojee)
This isn't just an issue with Microsoft programs. It's a bug in Lion and Mountain Lion. Maybe it was introduced in one of the more recent updates, but in contrast to the above poster it's a problem in TextWrangler for me -- only from the "Save as" dialog, not the "Open" dialog.
This was the response from BareBones, the manufacturer of TextWrangler:
This behavior is due to a bug in the standard file selection dialog in OS X 10.7 and later, and there is unfortunately no way we can work around it at present (though further down the road we should be able to avoid it).
For the meantime, please note that aliases do work properly under any OS version, or you can use the standard navigation shortcut of Command-Shift-G within the Save dialog to go directly to the desired location.
I hope this helps, but if you have any further observations or questions, please let us know.
One other workaround, if you do need a symlink, is of course to just create an alias too, just name the alias something different from the symlink (e.g. you could have "mysymlink" and "mysimlink-alias").Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 4, 2013 1:13 PM (in response to crunch483)
I can confirm it is a bug in TextWrangler. It doesn't happen in any other modern program.
I have an old app that I last built in 2006. I only did that build to create an intel version. It stopped counting after 10,000 warnings, but it didn't have any errors. In this program, symbolic links are greyed out in the save as dialog, but they still work.
I have another app that I last built in 2007. This one has no problems with symbolic links.
This means that TextWrangler's code is at least 6 years old. Time for a TextWranger update I think.