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Say I have a file under /var and I want to make its shortcut on desktop without using the mouse. Is that possible? I really want to use the trackpad as little as possible since I don't like it.

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Aliases are just symlinks, so ln -s will do it.

ln -s /var/whatever ~/Desktop
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Not true for files. Both are treated the same in Finder, so from a user perspective it makes no difference. But try making an alias in Finder and ls -l the directory, it's not a symlink. – Daniel Beck Nov 12 '10 at 7:16

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