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If I create a symbolic link or alias pointing to $HOME/Desktop and place it in a .dmg disk image, then distribute the dmg, will the link still point to the Desktop for the end user?

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Did you ever find a workaround for this? – Barjavel Aug 6 '13 at 11:02
@Barjavel I ended up creating installer and generating the link with postflight script as geekosaur suggested bellow in comments. As long as I remember it didn't work out with just copying. – m0s Aug 6 '13 at 17:56
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No, since the environment variable will be replaced when the link is created. Using ~ will not work either, for the same reason.

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Thanks Ignacio. I am hopelessly trying to solve the problem described in my following question… Maybe you have some idea how could I create a link to an application on desktop after installation? – m0s Apr 1 '11 at 19:28
Nope. I don't actually know anything about the high-level Mac stuff, sorry. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 1 '11 at 19:46
Per this Package Maker HOWTO, you can use a postinstall or postflight script. – geekosaur Apr 1 '11 at 20:52

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