Symlink (Symbolic Link) showing up as Alias in finder

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  1. Glumpfner macrumors regular

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    Hi there,

    so I am using Dropbox to keep a backup of my Documents and Pictures folder. I read several tutorials about creating symlinks and I downloaded SymbolicLinker 2.0v2.

    The one problem I have is that Finder keeps telling me it's an Alias. How do I know that it's a real symlink and not just an alias?
     
  2. sammich macrumors 601

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    Symlink = Alias.

    Symlink > Alias, somehow an Alias is like a MB in size.
     
  3. Glumpfner thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay thanks, so just to make sure, to tell the difference:
    An alias is about 1MB in size, while a Symlink is 4kb?
    But they both will show up in finder as file kind = Alias?
     
  4. sammich macrumors 601

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    Not totally sure why. Functionally there isn't any difference between the two. Just get rid of the bigger one, which is the Alias.
     

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