Top Ten Mac OS X Tips for Unix Geeks
Subject:   Aliases & Links
Date:   2007-05-16 16:05:28
From:   johnrussell13
Response to: Aliases & Links

There are also things about how certain applications handle symlinks (created via the 'ln' command) that a UNIX user might find unintuitive.

For example, Photoshop recognizes when it sees files that are really symlinks and will open and save to them OK, but will not let you assign keywords to them, and won't open them as part of a batch process.

I also encountered at least one picture viewer that, when asked to delete a file that was a symlink, would follow the link and delete the original file. In normal UNIX usage, you don't need to worry when deleting any file that is actually a symlink, the original file remains untouched.