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File type different on different devices

File type different on different devices

Jeremy C.12
Explorer | Level 3

I store some log files in DropBox and sync the files with two computers, an iMac and a MacBook Air. I recently noticed that the file type of each log file is different on the two devices. On the iMac, it is ASCII text while on the MBBA it is data. The result is that I cannot do the analysis I want on the copy in the MBA.

 

I have no idea whether the problem is anything to do with DropBox, and wouold welcome any suggestions for how I can ensure that the file is ASCII text on the MBA too.

 

Thanks

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Re: File type different on different devices

Hannah
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Hey @Jeremy C.12, thanks for your post!

Are you sure that these are the same exact files?

Can you send us a couple of screenshots showing this issue, while making sure that any personal info is hidden?

Thanks!

Hannah
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Re: File type different on different devices

Jeremy C.12
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Sure. Here are two JPEGs showing the file and terminal with results of `file filename` for the same file.

on the iMacon the iMacon the MBAon the MBA

 

So this is the "same" file, in my local Dropbox folder, of the same size, same time, same everything (as far as I can tell) except that the file type is different on the two devices.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Jeremy

Re: File type different on different devices

Hannah
Dropboxer
Thanks for the update on this, Jeremy and sorry for the delay. 

Can you try to move one of the files in question out of the Dropbox folder on your MacBook and then move it back in, to see if that makes any difference?

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Re: File type different on different devices

Jeremy C.12
Explorer | Level 3

Thanks for suggestion. Yes, moving a file from DropBox to Desktop changed the file type to ASCII text, with very long lines.

 

When I moved it back into DropBox, the file type stayed correct, as ASCII.

 

But if I copy the file to a different folder, the filetype does not apparently change.

 

I don't want to have to move the file back and forth in order to use it. Is there a better solution?

 

Jeremy

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