Questions tagged [dropbox]

Brand name cloud-based file storage system with live syncing to a web app, desktop apps, and mobile apps. Not to be confused with the native folder on macOS which people can "drop" files into.

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How to auto-quit dropbox when a drive gets disconnected

I store all my photos on a connected thunderbolt drive. I use a symlink in dropbox folder to keep the photos backed up to dropbox. all good. If I need to take my laptop with me, and I disconnect the ...
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Executing “Copy Dropbox Link” with a script

I want to create a script that executes the command from the contextual (control-click) menu, "Copy Dropbox Link". How can I access this command with Applescript (or any other Mac scripting service)? ...
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App (or OSX) changing Accessibility setting by itself

Dropbox requests (though doesn't seem to require, i.e. it runs without) accessibility/control computer permission (under Security -> Privacy). Removing permission manually (requiring admin password), ...
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How to automatically find corrupted PDF files?

Due to a recent syncing issue with Dropbox I ended with a lot of conflicting copies and corrupted files across different machines. Especially PDF documents seemed to be corrupted in some way that ...
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Remove Dropbox “Send with Transfer…” item from Finder context menu

A recent version of Dropbox has added the new menu item "Send with Transfer..." when right-clicking any file on your Mac, not just files in Dropbox. I know that Dropbox's Finder Extension can be ...
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How to remove Icons from the new Dropbox App Mac?

Until the new release of Dropbox, you could rename the icon resources in the Dropbox.app (Mac version). But this doesn’t work anymore with the new Dropbox release. Is there anybody who figured out ...
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iPad 10 locked up trying to open HTML file from dropbox

My iPad 10 on iOS 12.0.1 locked up when opening an html file from Dropbox. Flashing sign: “Leaving Dropbox This file is trying to open another app. CANCEL CONTINUE.” Cancel or continue buttons are ...
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Automator service to create Dropbox symlink

I'm trying to create an Automator service(in the right click menu) that creates a symlink of the folder/file and moves it to the Dropbox folder. This is what I have right now: while [ $# -ne 0 ]; do ...
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Limit hard drive i/o usage by one process (Dropbox)

I'm using only 5% of 1TB given by Dropbox and it regularly chokes my Mac Mini's HDD by "Downloading file list" too often. I think it's just a poor performance (it started since the last Dropbox ...
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Finder gets confused after using the mv command in the Dropbox folders

I should mention I'm new to command lines. I want to rename files using the mv command in the Terminal. I type: mv oldFileName.pdf newFileName.pdf Afterwards, I use the ls command to check whether ...
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Will I break anything by changing HOME to /Users/flname/Dropbox

I have two computers and I want to just turn them on and have the same experience on both. I think the best way to do this is to have my preferences files in my Dropbox. Problem is, my applications ...
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Is there a way to prevent simultaneous mounting of a DMG in a shared folder?

I share encrypted disk images (dmg) over Dropbox to share sensitive information with others (or across my own machines). Is there a way to 'lock' the DMG when it is mounted in one machine so that it ...
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Not able to share symlinked folders with Dropbox for Mac?

I'm having a problem with the Dropbox client for the Mac. I have symlinked ~/Projects/ into ~/Dropbox/Projects/ using MacDropAny.app, which basically runs ln -s. This works as suspected. But when I ...
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Run Automator script when new files are added

I'm trying to make an automator script to import photos in Photos.app that are in my DropBox folder. Nothing spectacular you'd say - true. But I can't get it to work. On a change in the folder, the ...
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Did Dropbox 3.8.5 break multiple instances?

For a while, I've been running two Dropbox accounts, a personal and a work account, and it's been great. The method that I'm using is with an Automator workflow that fires up on boot. All that's in ...
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Unable to delete Dropbox folder from my MAC local hard disk

I have installed Dropbox app on Mac. This created a folder named "Dropbox" in my home folder. I copied a large folder into this Dropbox folder. The syncing of this folder is taking a lot of time so ...
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Does Spotlight index the contents of symlinks?

From what I can tell, Finder searches do not follow symlinks. Is this expected behavior? I can't find it documented anywhere. Background: I've been syncing some PDFs using Dropbox (location A), but ...
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Inspect used storage - rather than total size of sync-able dropbox folders

Is it possible to switch "About This Mac > Storage > Manage" toward a mode that will always show the storage occupied on my computer? Folders synced by Dropbox's "smart sync" display their total size ...
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Excel VBA Macro Grant Access All Files Grayed Out

I have a VBA script that I wrote. It accesses a data file in a Dropbox shared folder using Workbooks.Open FileName. I just updated Excel and now when the script runs it's asking me to grant access, ...
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Dropbox: Stop syncing “ghost files”

If you are a Mac user, and you happen to have looked at local folders using the terminal, you might have noticed, that a file foo.txt is there BUT also ._foo.txt. That is considered a "ghost file", ...
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Automatic incremental bootable off-site online backup

I'm looking for a way to clone my hard disk and have that clone be stored online. If my house burns down I could then download the disk file and mount it, so I could pick up from where I left off. ...
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Protect changes to plain text file written by standard user's execution of bash script

I have written a simple bash script that I want to use as a time clock for employees (work-studies) in my computer lab. The script works great. 1. Each work-study has two icons (two separate bash ...
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How can I manually change my dropbox folder location when it won't show in the chooser

When trying to choose a dropbox folder location, the folder I want to use is not visible in the file chooser dialog. I can see the folder in finder and terminal. I recently copied my home folder to a ...
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How to Stop the copy of ALL my pictures up to Dropbox

I accidentally touched the picture icon (lower left corner) in my iPad. It started to upload ALL 400+ pictures to Dropbox. I DO NOT WANT the pictures uploaded. I can't stop the upload! And it is ...