Why is an alias 1MB?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cutcopypaste, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. cutcopypaste macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2008
    Don't generally make aliases, but I'm doing some sorting and cross referencing on my harddrive and I noticed with detail view open that aliases I make to folders are all 1mb in size (~1038179 bytes with very limited variability). An alias is a link to another place on the harddrive, right? What possibly could be taking up that much space? and is this normal?
  2. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
  3. NJuul macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    I bet you it is a bug in Finder showing a wrong file size. Is it by any chance on a networked drive?
    I've noticed the same thing when I use samba sharing to connect to networked storage. For some reason, the minimum file size shown by finder is 1 MB, but the actual file size is maybe a few kb in most cases. If you want to be sure that your aliases aren't really 1 MB in size, try to use terminal to check it.
  4. claidheamdanns macrumors newbie


    Feb 6, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    I'm getting the same thing. And yes, it is an alias to a folder on a Network Drive on a PC Server.

    How do I use Terminal to check the real size of the alias (on my Mac)?
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    du -sk /path/to/alias
    will give you the size in KB.

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