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Broken Alias cannot be fixed on MAC X Snow Leopard

Broken Alias cannot be restored as described in MAC OS X Snow Leopard: Page 82: Broken Alias. First: When double-klicking the broken file the dialogue box as shown on Fig. 2-7 doesn't open. Second: When marking the broken file and click File>Get info, the pop-up window doesn't contain the tab "Select New Original" as explained unedr the "Tip" box on page 82.. Q: HOW TO FIX REALLY A BROKEN ALIAS?
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  • Hi,

    I'm sorry for the confusion. I tried creating a new alias and then breaking it by deleting the original item, and I'm seeing the behavior described in the book. When I go to Get Info, the Select New Original button is in the General section. Can you try expanding the General section to see if you see the button there?

    Here's what I get:


    If you don't see the button, and you're not getting the popup when you try to open the alias, what happens when you try to open the alias? Nothing?

    Let us know and we'll try to figure out what's going on.

    Regards,

    Rachel
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  • Hi, Rachel.
    Thanks for trying to help me.

    When I click File>Get Info>and rhen expanding the General tab, the option "Select New Original" doesn't appear at all.

    When I try to open the broken alias I get the first pop-up window as shown in my first enquiry .(Header: Terminal- 80x24)

    All aliases got broken when I moved my files from the HD of MAC to an SD card and from the SD card to a password protected Sandisc memory stick for safety reasons before an overseas trip. I have transferred them back from the stick to the SD card and then to the HD of my MAC. You may wonder why? Because the SD card is not password protected, but can be read by both, MAC OS 10.6 and Windows7, while the Sandisc stick is password protected but can only be used on PC. (Windows7 in my case).

    t I did not move or remove any original files, yet all the alias were damaged.

    I hope you will find the above helpful

    Regards

    Eugene
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  • Hi Eugene,

    I'm not sure what could be going on with your files, so I forwarded your note to one of our Mac editors and an author to see if they can help. I'll let you know if they have any ideas.

    Regards,

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Hi Eugene.

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was waiting for a response from Chris Seibold, author of our Mac OS X Lion and Snow Leopard Pocket Guides, and "Big Book of Apple Hacks." Here's his response:

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    After reading as much about this issue as I can, I can guess that somehow the file ID pointing to the original item was changed. Except that probably shouldn't be enough to do it. It might be that File IDs were changed on the Mac somehow (perhaps an upgrade) and the data with the aliases was not updated.

    But what I think the reader is really after is a way to easily fix this. That is going to be tough. You can't, from what I can tell, do much with an alias from the command line though, since it is apparently a lot of files, maybe an AppleScript would work.

    I can't quite replicate the behavior on my machine (I'm running Lion though, so I've got that working against me) so I can't zoom in on a definite fix.

    Eugene might be willing to see if the script featured on http://apple.stackexchange.com/questi...
    might work.
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    I hope that information helps. If that doesn't solve your problem, Chris said you could contact him directly. You can find his email address here: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/3004

    All the best,

    -Dawn
    Associate Editor, Missing Manuals
    O'Reilly Media
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