For the last several days Dropbox is saying it is "downloading 18 files." From other posts I figured out how to reset permissions and hardlinks but this has not solved the problem. If I could find the files that are causing the problem I would think that would help me fix it. How do I find them? I have looked but can't find any files or folders that show a "circling" icon that's been described elsewhere.
Walter, thank you. When I hovered over the dropbox icon on the status bar it consistently read, for three days running, "Downloading 18 files ..." with no further text visible. Since the number didn't change, I resolved to try one more time to track down the files.
The Dropbox icons are so tiny I couldn't make out the one with the two curved arrows which (I think) indicates a file or folder is actively syncing, but by process of elimination I finally located the offending 18 files. They were seemingly innocent .jpg files that showed album art for some music files I had (legally) downloaded. Why simple .jpg files would do this is beyond me, but in any case I was able to simply delete them, and all is well now.
Dropbox has worked perfectly for me for quite a few years and I've only run into problems in the last month or so since I was running out of space on my hard drive and needed to try making some folders online only. As a result I suspect I may be back asking for help again.
Nice to know you folks are out there and that you treat questioners with respect. A few years ago I was having trouble with a different piece of software and wrote a question to the associated forum; the person who replied gave me a solution but went on to berate me for not having prevented the problem months before. When I thanked the person for the solution but not the gratuitous criticism, the reply came back that I needed a change of attitude.