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OS X - alias / symlink to radio stream help

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by mark_uk, Dec 13, 2011.

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  1. mark_uk

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    Hi .. i come from a Linux background, where its easy to make a VLC symlink to some of my favourite
    radio streams, but after a few days of being a new OS X Snow Leopard user, all my attempts have
    failed. in linux say, i can specify the app command and tweak the symlink / desktop icon's properties
    such as

    vlc http://somafm.com/dronezone.pls

    and of course, this icon fires up vlc - playing the stream.
    it seems OS X's ' Get Info ' doesn't allow for such uses.
    several variations of this command in bash fail to work :)
    any advice please ?

    Mark
     
  2. mark_uk

    mark_uk Thread Starter

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    well its ok readers .. answer was to just create a .m3u file and add the url inside - and make sure VLC opened it.
    works like a charm... easy !
     
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    Just to add a little info, linux desktop symlinks and aliases (including on OS X) are different things.

    Aliases are true pointers to an object in the filesystem directory and symlinks are not.
    (You can almost think of symlinks as small shell scripts)

    The nice things about aliases is that if the original file is moved (within the same volume), the alias will still correctly point to the referenced object.
     
  4. mark_uk

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    Thanks Headrush .. Yes, its an interesting distinction isn't it, i thik the Alias is a very nice way of doing it,
    though 12 years using Linux i thought i could just jump onto OS X and have it how i wanted in a few hours.

    i was wrong LOL

    Thanx mate,
    Mark
     
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