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Error when trying to exclude a file using PowerShell (on Windows 7)

Error when trying to exclude a file using PowerShell (on Windows 7)

ppan
Explorer | Level 3

I am trying to exclude a file from syncing following the instructions here:
https://help.dropbox.com/sync/ignored-files
using the PowerShell command:
Set-Content -Path 'Set-Content -Path 'D:\Dropbox\x\x\x\x\options.ini' -Stream com.dropbox.ignored -Value 1' -Stream com.dropbox.ignored -Value 1

However, I get a PowerShell error:
Set-Content : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'Stream'.
At line:1 char:86
+ Set-Content -Path 'D:\Dropbox\x\x\x\x\options.ini' -Stream <<<< com.dropbox.ignored -Value 1
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Set-Content], ParameterBindingException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.SetContentCommand

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Megan
Dropbox Staff

Hi @ppan, happy Monday, I hope you're doing well! 

 

Interesting. Is your Dropbox desktop app open and running? If so, what is the syncing status as we speak? 

 

Please, feel free to also send me a screenshot of the error you get on your end, so I can have visual too. 

 

Let me know more, and we'll take it from there. 


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ppan
Explorer | Level 3

This is not an error with Dropbox, but with windows PowerShell. (I was following the instructions on Dropbox website as I explained above).

I also wrote the exact PowerShell error in my post above.

A screenshot will not show anything new (except reveal personal details - that is why I replaced part of the path with "x"))

Jay
Dropbox Staff

Hi @ppan, according to your original command, you wrote Set-Content -Path twice, which is why this error is occurring.

 

Try formatting the command correctly like so, and it should work.

 

 

Set-Content -Path 'D:\Dropbox\x\x\x\x\options.ini' -Stream com.dropbox.ignored -Value 1

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ppan
Explorer | Level 3

Sorry, I typed it wrong in the original post (and I am not able to edit it). The command that I used was indeed:

 

Set-Content -Path 'D:\Dropbox\x\x\x\x\options.ini' -Stream com.dropbox.ignored -Value 1

 

I tried it again. Same error.

 

Hannah
Dropbox Staff

Hey @ppan, thanks for clarifying this.

 

May we send you an email, so we can look into this internally?


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ppan
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Yes, you can send me an Email.
However, did you try it yourself using PowerShell?
You can just use the path to any file in the local dropbox.
For example, I tried this simpler path and I get the same error:

Set-Content -Path 'D:\Dropbox\TEST\options.ini' -Stream com.dropbox.ignored -Value 1

 

Hannah
Dropbox Staff

No worries, I just sent you an email, so we'll investigate this further.

 

When you have a moment, please reply back to me.

 

Thanks!


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ppan
Explorer | Level 3

The E-mails to my forum E-mail address are forwarded to another E-mail address.

I responded from that E-mail address.
Did you test PowerShell yourself, e.g. using:

 

Set-Content -Path 'D:\Dropbox\TEST\options.ini' -Stream com.dropbox.ignored -Value 1

 

 ?
EDIT: I have been using Windows 7 (64 bit). I just tried it on a Windows 10 PC and I didn't get the error.
However, Dropbox then deleted the file (options.ini)!
That is not what I had expected. I just wanted to exclude the file from syncing!?

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