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add brew linkapps --system

Added an option to linkapps to allow linking to /Applications rather
than ~/Applications

Closes #18196.

Signed-off-by: Adam Vandenberg <>
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  1. +7 −7 Library/Contributions/cmd/brew-linkapps.rb
14 Library/Contributions/cmd/brew-linkapps.rb
@@ -1,11 +1,11 @@
# Links any Applications (.app) found in installed prefixes to ~/Applications
require "formula"
-HOME_APPS = File.expand_path("~/Applications")
+TARGET_DIR = ARGV.include?("--system") ? "/Applications" : File.expand_path("~/Applications")
-unless File.exist? HOME_APPS
- opoo "#{HOME_APPS} does not exist, stopping."
- puts "Run `mkdir ~/Applications` first."
+unless File.exist? TARGET_DIR
+ opoo "#{TARGET_DIR} does not exist, stopping."
+ puts "Run `mkdir #{TARGET_DIR}` first."
exit 1
@@ -17,7 +17,7 @@
Dir["#{f.installed_prefix}/*.app", "#{f.installed_prefix}/bin/*.app", "#{f.installed_prefix}/libexec/*.app"].each do |p|
puts "Linking #{p}"
appname = File.basename(p)
- target = HOME_APPS+"/"+appname
+ target = TARGET_DIR+"/"+appname
if File.exist? target
if File.symlink? target
system "rm", target
@@ -25,9 +25,9 @@
onoe "#{target} already exists, skipping."
- system "ln", "-s", p, HOME_APPS
+ system "ln", "-s", p, TARGET_DIR
-puts "Finished linking. Find the links under ~/Applications."
+puts "Finished linking. Find the links under #{TARGET_DIR}."

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