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Old 03-16-2011, 05:32 PM
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Dropbox, Migration Assistant, Symbolic Links and SuperDuper

The SuperDuper bit and question:

How does SuperDuper handle symlinks? If I have a symlink on a drive called ST256 that points to somewhere else on ST256 and that gets cloned to clone_ST256 does the symlink point to clone_ST256 or does it still point back to the original drive, ST256? I looked on the SuperDuper clone and where the symlinks are they appear to point back to the original drive rather than having been re-pointed to something relative. Is this normal?

OK, I know... what the heck was I thinking?

So I have a shiny new i7 MacBook Pro and I thought I would set it up using a firewire superduper clone of my present MacBook Pro and migration assistant. I opened the machine and used MA right from the Welcome screen.

Now on my present machine I have Dropbox and in my dropbox I have a number of symbolic links to other folders in my documents folder and one or two to ~/Library/Application Support/...

After I booted up the new machine as soon as I hooked it to the internet dropbox started deleting files. 3000 files down I finally unhooked it from the internet and closed my other machine which had already deleted a whole bunch of files.

Fortunately everything was on any one of a number of backups but now I'm exploring what happened.

Of course it is possible that migration assistant doesn't recreate symlinks properly (when I look on the new MacBook the symlinks are all broken but I honestly don't know if that broke going from the firewire to the new Mac or from the old Mac to the firewire.

If any of that makes sense, well done! Tomorrow I may try again but this time without using the superduper step and just hook the two MacBooks together and go out for a long walk.

Oh, and I'll turn off Dropbox till I figure out everything has copied properly!
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