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Perpetually "Syncing (3 files remaining)"

Perpetually "Syncing (3 files remaining)"

Mark G.
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I recently upgraded to a new iMac (IS X Yosemite Version 10.10.1) and transferred all my files, programs and settings from the Time Capsule backup from my older Mac.

Dropbox seemed to transfer fine, but the sync is perpetually "stuck" with the message "Syncing (3 files remaining)".

I have tried unlinking and re-establishing my connection to my Dropbox folder.
I have tried completely uninstalling and reinstalling Dropbox.
I have tried the terminal file listed on the support page (sudo chflags -R nouchg ~/Dropbox ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox-master)
... and get the following error message.

chflags: /Users/mjgolden/.dropbox-master: No such file or directory
Marks-iMac:~ mjgolden$

Each time the same result: The same message about 3 files and the icon in the menu bar shows the syncing badge.

Any suggestions?

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CanyonKid
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Thanks for the help.  I also identified the files that were causing the trouble (in Mac OSX, in the finder, follow the blue 'syncing' symbol) and renamed the folder containing the files.  Problem solved.

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claus r.
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I'm having the same problem on the same Yosemite version, "Syncing (17 files remaining)".

Any clues?

Craig M.
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I'm also having the same issue - same messages, same OS, gone through the same process.

Black Francis
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I'm having the same problem syncing files in several windows based computers, at home , at work... eternal syncing.
At first sight there no missing files but i'm not sure.

Jasper B.3
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same problem here. making any kind of work impossible 😞

Rishi P.
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Same issue.

Rich S.7
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+1

Rishi P.
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Shutting down dropbox and running this was helpful.

http://ismashphone.com/2013/09/how-to-fix-dropbox-sync-issues-os-x.html

I ended up syncing my folders one by one and very quickly narrowed the issue down to one or two problem pdf files. I have no idea what the actual issue with them was, but just I opened them, re-saved them under different names and then synced the renamed files instead of the originals.

tilda p.
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found two dangling/dead symbolic links in the bucket. deleted them and the "Syncing (2 files remaining)" resolved.

Peter H.93
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I find a way to solve this problem. Since a blue sign representing that file is in syncing, I went to find that file delete it. Another case is, I also find a fold is in sync state. I just simply rename it, for example, the fold's name is 'Sample', I rename it as 'sample-1', immediately another fold named as 'sample' just automaticly shows, so delete the 'sample' fold. Finally, Dropbox gets back to normal state.

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