Make user folders (Documents, Music, etc.) behave like Windows libraries?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by rk25123, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. rk25123 macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2010

    I'd like my user folders (Documents, Music, Pictures, etc.) to show the contents of the corresponding folders on my external HDD, where I keep all my files, just like Windows libraries do, is that possible?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying that you keep your Documents, Photos, Music, etc on an external, but you want the user subfolders to point to those external locations?

    You could simply delete those folders and use aliases (or unix symbolic links) to the new locations.
  3. rk25123 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2010
    That's exactly what I mean! The problem is that OS X won't let me delete those folders, so I was wondering if there was a way to make them point to the external drive.
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    You probably have ACLs on them. Some setups do, some setups don't.
    cd ~/
    ls -le
    into the Terminal, and see if anything is printed out like:
    0: group:everyone deny add_file,add_subdirectory,directory_inherit,only_inherit
    You can remove them with:
    chmod -N <filename>
    where <filename> is the folder name.
    You can drag the folder onto the Terminal window to have its filepath added to the command line.

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