Create a desktop alias for an SMB mount on Mac OS X

So to create an alias to an SMB share on your Mac desktop:

First use Finder -> Go -> Connect to Server…

Enter a location such as: smb://server/share

Then use Finder -> Preferences… -> Show: Connected servers

The SMB mount should now be visible on the desktop. Right-click the share on the desktop and choose ‘Make Alias’. Then take connected servers out of your Finder preferences and rename the desktop alias probably as the name of the share.

Bash aliases for listing hidden files

I finally figured out the ls command to list hidden files, and decided to setup a ~/.bash_aliases file for the first time. My ~/.bash_aliases file is now:

alias l.='ls -d .[!.]*'
alias ll.='ll -d .[!.]*'

So I have an “l.” command which will list hidden files and directories, and an “ll.” command which will list the same information in detail.

Bash aliases

I was reading my default .bashrc file, and found the following:

# Alias definitions.
# You may want to put all your additions into a separate file like
# ~/.bash_aliases, instead of adding them here directly.
# See /usr/share/doc/bash-doc/examples in the bash-doc package.

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
    . ~/.bash_aliases

This suggested that I wanted a .bash_aliases file for my aliases, so I set one up:

jj5@sixsigma:~$ cat .bash_aliases
alias home='cd ~'
alias jj5='cd /var/www/'
alias profile='cd /var/www/'
alias chomsky='vim /var/www/'
alias henney='vim /var/www/'
alias lakoff='vim /var/www/'
alias norvig='vim /var/www/'

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