How to prevent Dropbox from syncing .DS_Store files on OS X?

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    Is this a theoretical question or are you using a specific version of dropbox client on a specific OS and seeing files actually being uploaded? – bmike Mar 19 '14 at 11:30

According to Dropbox's help, the .DS_Store files are not synchronised.

Ignored files

Some small system files aren't synced over Dropbox. These include:

  • desktop.ini
  • thumbs.db
  • .ds_store
  • icon\r
  • .dropbox
  • .dropbox.attr

If you want to manually delete all .DS_Store files, OS X Daily shared a how-to guide: Delete All .DS_Store Files from Mac OS X.

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    Dropbox is no network connection in the sense of the KB-article! It does not apply there! – bot47 Mar 19 '14 at 12:26
  • My icons are still showing as synced on OS X. Apparently and despite the green sign, these do not show up on the web site. [ Would be good if Dropbox used a different icon for these files to avoid confusion. ] On a side note, I wonder what to do if I wanted them to be synced. – user3371321 Mar 19 '14 at 15:28

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