Mac Network Folders
Posted on 2013-01-18
I will do my best to explain what I am trying to do.
I have two iMacs and one Mac Mini Server. I am setting this up as a home network and one iMac is mine and the other is my wife's. What I would like to do is have both of our user folders point to the folder on the Mac Mini Server. This way we have access to all the same documents, photos, music, videos, and movies. I created the folders on the server and set them as shares with user permissions set for both my wife and I. I can see the server from my iMac and the first easy solution was to simply drag the folder from the server to my home directory and then tell it to Add To Sidebar. Problem is that when I log out it disappears and I have to keep redoing the same steps. I did some research and found something called Symlinks and followed the instructions with those. The instructions looked something like this:
First remove the system folder with the following command:
SUDO RM -rf ~/Pictures/
Which it does and the Pictures folder no longer appears in my user library or on the sidebar. Then I use the following command to create the symlink:
ln -s /servername/Pictures/ ~/Pictures
This creates a link but the icon is a document link and not a folder link. When double click on the link an error pops up that says "The operation can’t be completed because the original item for “Pictures” can’t be found."
So I thought perhaps it was the command line that did not properly point to the folder I wanted so I deleted that link and re-entered the command line again with some changes:
ln -s /servername/volumes/macintosh hd2/pictures/ ~/Pictures
This time, no link is created but I get an error in the terminal that says "No such file or directory"
Unfortunately I am more familiar with the Mapping of Network drives in Windows than I am on the Macintosh. I hope I explained this well enough.