Finding out where a Finder alias goes

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Doctor Q, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

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    #1
    If a Finder alias is broken, you get the message
    The alias "myalias" could not be opened, because the original item cannot be found.

    [Delete Alias] [Fix Alias...] [OK]​
    but it doesn't tell you the path of the original item. I'd like to be know that information so that I can put the file back where it goes rather than change the alias to point elsewhere.

    I know a crude and inconvenient way to get the information, but is there an application to show it, a Terminal command to show it, or another way to "do it right"?
     
  2. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    #2
    I think you just "Get Info" with the alias highlighted. Command-I or right click. I created an alias and deleted the original item. It tells me where the original item used to be.
     
  3. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

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    #3
    Good, thanks. I was looking for the information inside Terminal, and it's easier in the Finder!
     

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