Archive original files instead of the aliases?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by carlsson, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. carlsson macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2001
    I have a folder that contains both aliases as well as original files. Now I want to archive the entire folder, with the original files instead of the aliases.

    Is it possible to make this automatically in any way (with or without an app)?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    This isn't automatic. But it might work for you.

    1. Have your source drive and target drive connected.
    2. Copy the folder from the source drive to the target drive.
    3. Now use the free utility "Find Any File".
    4. You will note that you can set it to search for -only- "alias" files.
    5. Locate all the alias files in the folder on the target drive.
    6. Delete them.

    Now all that will be left are "the originals".
    Again, not "automated".
    But it might "get the job done" for you fairly quickly...
  3. tyc0746 macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2019
    If I understand correctly the OP wants the originals of the alias files copied too...not just the ‘originals’ that are already in the folder.

    Using the word ‘originals’ for both aliases and non-alias type of files is a bit confusing though, so I may be wrong.
  4. carlsson thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2001
    Sorry for the confusion.

    tyc0746 is correct. Ie; I want the aliases to be replaced by the file that the alias points to (ie the "original" file, aka the "source"). :)

    Example: I have a folder consisting of 2 files and 8 aliases. I want to send those 10 files to another person.
    The plan is to create an archive and mail it. As it is now, the archive function only archive the alias, not the orginal/source file.

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