Symlink pickle.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TurdFerguson, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. TurdFerguson, Nov 24, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2013

    TurdFerguson macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    A long while back I used a symlink to store my home folder. I have a SSD and HDD. I want to put my home folder back into my SSD and use symlinks for specific folders in my home folder. Mostly I want my applications on the SSD and media (photos, movies, desktop, downloads, etc) on my HDD. I'm not sure how to go about this considering my SSD is not big enough to hold my entire home folder.

    I think i have a plan.
    1. Copy Home folder and all sub folders I want to be on the SSD (applications, documents, etc) to the users folder on SSD
    2. Create empty folders for home folders still on HDD
    3. Change home folder location to volumes/SDD/users/jhs from the system pref. (currently pointed to volumes/hdd/users/jhs)
    4. create symlinks for folders stored on HDD

    Does this sound like a good plan? I have created a back up of the SDD using Carbon Copy Cloner.

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  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
  3. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Wilmington, DE
    I would hardly classify symbolic links as hardcore. They are straightforward to use and integrate into the filesystem better than Aliases, which will not be understood by the BSD sub-layer. From that perspective, an alias is just a file which cannot be followed in the command-line.

    If you want hardcore, you skip using symbolic links and actually mount external volumes into your root filesystem; Instead of making a link from /Users/<username> that points to a folder on another drive, you manipulate the /etc/fstab file to have the volume mounted onto the root filesystem at /Users/<username> at boot time.

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