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    shared itunes among all iMac users
    okay -- I want to share the iTunes across all 4 users on the family iMac (mom, dad, son, daughter). Having searched this forum and found directions, I put the "real" iTunes folders/files on the Shared folder, and made aliases for each individual user's iTunes folder. So far so good.

    Problem is that when anyone but me opens iTunes on their user id, they get a message saying that iTunes library cannot be saved. I have made triple certain that the files in the Shared folder are all set to read/write by Everyone.

    Anybody have a clue on this? Everyone can use the iTunes, but it's a pain that this warning pops up. And if anyone but me creates a Smartlist, it won't get saved.

    BTW, both mom and dad (me) have admin privileges; the kids do not. But even mom has this problem.

    Thanks in advance.

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    why dont u drag all of the music files into each users drop box under the 'users' panel in finder?
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    In Terminal, create a symbolic link to the shared folder - instead of using Finder to create an alias.

    For each user:

    $ cd /Users/User1/Music/iTunes
    $ ln -sfv "/Users/YOU/Music/iTunes/iTunes Library"

    YOUR iTunes Library will be the source. Everyone else will access it.
    schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
    Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narf1899 View Post
    why dont u drag all of the music files into each users drop box under the 'users' panel in finder?
    this would create 4 copies of the 20+gig music files, no? Plus, I want the "shared library" to update whenever any user adds a new song or CD.

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    bump. Any other ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy Elmis View Post
    this would create 4 copies of the 20+gig music files, no?
    Note the "s" flag in the ln command. It creates a soft, not hard, link and performs no copying. Anyone who accesses that link will see the latest songs located in the original folder.

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