[OS X TeX] Disaster

M. Tamer Özsu ozsut at mac.com
Wed Aug 26 21:33:41 CEST 2015

Naturally you need to set the symlink to the same directories/files on all the machines. Otherwise, you will observe what you reported, namely that on the machines where you did not define the symlink, the directory/file will be an actual one in ~/Dropbox.

So, you are right — turn off Dropbox, do your thing, and then turn it on and it works. At least works for me.

M. Tamer Özsu
Professor, Cheriton School of Computer Science
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Mathematics
University of Waterloo

On 2015-08-26, 2:56 PM, "MacOSX-TeX on behalf of Ettore Aldrovandi" <macosx-tex-bounces at email.esm.psu.edu on behalf of ealdrov at mail.math.fsu.edu> wrote:

>> On Aug 26, 2015, at 14:27, M. Tamer Özsu <ozsut at mac.com> wrote:
>> Dropbox on MacOS does understand symbolic links — I am using it daily. It does not understand them on Windows and I haven’t checked Linux.
>Have you tried to run the experiment I mention in my previous message? Or did you set the links on the various machines you sync before turning Dropbox syncing on?
>I tried this: on machine A symlink ~/path/to/file.pdf to your Dropbox, so that ~/Dropbox/file.pdf is really a symlink to ~/path/to/file.pdf. Edit or change, maybe check your Dropbox through a browser, everything will look OK, including the symlink. Now login machine B: ~/Dropbox/file.pdf is an actual  PDF file. Change that one (e.g. load it in Preview, rotate, annotate, whatever) and let it sync. Go back to machine A. You’ll find that ~/Dropbox/file.pdf is now an actual PDF file, no?
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