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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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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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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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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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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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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Dropbox Mac App - Can't get rid of old dead 'business' account

Two+ years ago my dropbox was connected to a business account of the company I worked for. The company doesn't exist anymore. The dropbox business account doesn't exist anymore. There is no trace of ...
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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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Shortcuts action to open an excel file stored in Dropbox

I’m using an iPhone X on iOS 12. I have an excel (.xlsx) file saved in Dropbox. Is there a way of getting the Shortcuts app to open the excel file in the Microsoft Excel for iOS app?
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Original file overwriting symlink

I use symlinks to files in a large TexShop project I'm working on so I can do little scratch pad experiments aside from the main project, but use all the same preamble etc. The project is on DropBox. ...
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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 ...