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Question: Syntax for Symbolic links in High Sierra

Great and helpful workflow. I found that with OSX High Sierra I had to modify the syntax to make the links.


NOTES:

  1. The colon : is used for the backlash in front of library on volumes
  2. Place a Forward Slash before a space in a directory name
  3. Don't use quotes


For example. my external drive is named 'SFS Video' and I used the following Terminal commands to make the working symlinks:


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/Logic /Library/Application\ Support/Logic

sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/GarageBand /Library/Application\ Support/GarageBand

sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Audio/Apple\ Loops /Library/Audio/Apple\ Loops

sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Audio/Impulse\ Responses /Library/Audio/Impulse\ Responses


Yes, I also copied the Impulse Responses folder for Logic Pro X.


Robb

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Apr 27, 2018 6:00 PM in response to Robb Montgomery In response to Robb Montgomery

Hey thanks for sharing!


I recently upgraded from os Sierra, but did a clean install onto my computer. I had symlinks to Logic's content prior to the upgrade, and the content is still on my external drive. Will I be able to use what I have on the external drive without having to download it all over again and create the symlinks?


Thanks in advance!

Apr 27, 2018 6:00 PM

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Apr 28, 2018 2:05 AM in response to turbo_sni In response to turbo_sni

Yes. That is the concept exactly. Your large libraries lived on an external drive and you need to create new symlinks to point to them. (remember first to rename any existing libraries per the original posters workflow.)


Then create new symlinks that point to your content on your external volume and directory.


FOR EXAMPLE: I have about 80 GB of libraries for various heavy programs referenced with the following symlinks for IK Multimedia, Logic, Final Cut and Adobe apps.


In my setup, I created a "/Library" folder on my external drive is called "SFS Video"


NOTES: 1) The colon : is used for the backlash in front of library on volumes

2) Place a Forward Slash before a space in a directory name\


TERMINAL COMMANDS

sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/Logic /Library/Application\ Support/Logic


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/GarageBand /Library/Application\ Support/GarageBand


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Audio/Apple\ Loops /Library/Audio/Apple\ Loops


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Audio/Impulse\ Responses /Library/Audio/Impulse\ Responses


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/IK\ Multimedia /Library/Application\ Support/IK\ Multimedia


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/Adobe /Library/Application\ Support/Adobe


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/Avid /Library/Application\ Support/Avid


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/Avid /Library/Application\ Support/Avid


sudo ln -s /Volumes/SFS\ Video/\:Library/Application\ Support/Final\ Cut\ Studio /Library/Application\ Support/Final\ Cut\ Studio

Apr 28, 2018 2:05 AM

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Apr 28, 2018 3:46 AM in response to Robb Montgomery In response to Robb Montgomery

Thanks Robb for the information I always wonted to be familiar with.

Can I ask? I use an external SSD connected with MacBook Pro Thunderbolt Cable. Would it be more flexible if I us the information you share? thanks .

Apr 28, 2018 3:46 AM

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Apr 28, 2018 4:51 AM in response to resopmoc In response to resopmoc

No Idea. But you can test your setup without risk. Just follow the steps in the original post (to copy over and rename folders) and then use the syntax I show here for the Terminal commands. If it works then you can delete the volumes on your local drive.

Apr 28, 2018 4:51 AM

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