[TxMt] Re: Textmate 1.5.11 and OS X 10.11

Allan Odgaard mailinglist at textmate.org
Wed May 4 07:59:39 UTC 2016

On 4 May 2016, at 1:23, Jerry wrote:

> The only solution I see is to laboriously construct a "drawer" folder 
> using aliases. To get the granularity of the Project Drawer, many of 
> these aliases would have to point to individual files. As of OS X 
> 10.9, the average size of an alias is around 5 MB

You can also use symbolic links. In Preferences → Projects you can 
enable “Show Links as Expandable” which will make symbolic links to 
folders act similar to regular folders (i.e. inline expansion instead of 
only being allowed to “follow” the link).

> Someone once asked me, in this context, apparently seriously, Why 
> don't you just put all your files in one folder. I don't think that 
> deserves an answer, but if it did, it would go something like this: 
> Like many people, I have files from many projects over the years in a 
> number of languages. I have source trees from open source projects and 
> other people's work that I have downloaded. I have work from Mac-based 
> projects from the 1980s that is still viable and occasionally used. 
> So, no.

But you need all that stuff in a _single_ project? And if so, you need 
all the files to be at the same hierarchical level?

> I would appreciate comments, especially constructive ones, pointing 
> out why I have missed something or suggesting a simpler or more 
> efficient solution.

If you want just one folder with all your files then it might be 
possible to construct a smart folder.

TextMate has basic support for smart folders, though Search in 
Project/Folder, Go to File, and similar “project” (folder) features 
do not currently extend to smart folders.

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