After running Disk Utility from the Snow Leopard disc, the Applications folder inside my home directory became empty or is not linked to the main /Applications folder outside my home directory. How do I restore the Applications folder inside my home?
The applications folder inside your home directory is not a critical folder; It's purpose is to allow non-administrator users to install applications which they may use when they don't have permissions to write to the
If you wish to make your personal applications folder point to the global applications folder, then run
Since this is not the design, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple's repair utilities continue to remove this in the future.