Hello. Every time I boot up (or quit and then relaunch DropBox) on Big Sur, I am prompted twice that "DropBox needs to change permissions for the Folder:.../DropBox."
Other than the prompting, DropBox works absolutely fine. I have 3 Macs; on 2 of them DropBox is fine and does not prompt me upon launch. I use my DropBox account on 2 of the 3 computers, my wife has a separate DropBox account on her computer. The settings for DropBox on my 2 computers are exactly the same. Don't recall the name of my subscription level of DropBox, but it is not Basic; I have 2 TB of DropBox storage.
In System Preferences : Security & Privacy : Privacy, DropBox is enabled in both Accessibility and Full Disk Access.
I have tried deinstalling DropBox (2x - once with the Finder, once using AppCleaner), rebooting, downloading a fresh copy of the installer, and installing. Every subsequent reboot or launch of DropBox, I get prompted, twice, for allowing permissions. I have tried disabling Privacy access, rebooting and re-enabling Privacy access. I have tried completely deleting DropBox from Accessibility and Full Disk Access, rebooting, and re-adding DropBox. As before, every subsequent reboot or launch of DropBox, I get prompted, twice, for allowing permissions.
Admittedly, this is not a big problem, as I do not reboot frequently (maybe once every 2 weeks). But it is an annoyance.
My DropBox folder has always been within my Documents folder on both my computers - for several years. It has always synced between the two (and the cloud) just fine up through macOS 10.15 (Catalina). But once I upgraded to MacOS 11.x Big Sur, I started having the Permissions prompt (at reboot/launch of DropBox) on only one of the computers. The syncing itself works just fine - as always.
My wife's computer, with her own Basic account, is set up the same way - DropBox within her Documents folder. No permissions prompt, syncs to the cloud just fine.
I can certainly change the location of my DropBox to the root level of my user account if you thing it work trying.
Jay, I do not use iCloud (or any other service) to backup or sync my ~/Documents folder.
I moved my ~/Documents/DropBox folder to ~/DropBox (on the affected computer, not on my other one where I do not have this Permissions problem), unlinked that folder, then relinked to it. I created a few new files on both computers that I stored in their respective DropBox folders, and DropBox successfully synced those files.
I shutdown my computer, rebooted it, and upon DropBox start-up, I was again prompted - twice - to allow Permissions.
I quit the DropBox app and relaunched it, I rebooted my computer, and I shut down then booted my computer - between each of these events I created/moved files on both computers. Syncing worked perfectly in all cases after DropBox launch, but in all instances I was prompted to allow Permissions.
As a followup, now that my DropBox folder is in the default location ( ~/DropBox), I rebooted, uninstalled DropBox, rebooted again, made sure DropBox was not present in Privacy settings, rebooted again, downloaded a fresh copy of the installer and re-installed DropBox. Upon initial install, I was again prompted, twice, for Permissions access. (In my last post, I moved the folder location, quit and/or rebooted, but did not uninstall DropBox).
Again, I quit DropBox, relaunched it - got prompted (twice) for Permissions. Quit DropBox, rebooted and upon launch got prompted (twice).
Jay, Thanks so much for your help. I am very impressed by your responsiveness and dedication to helping me.
Per your request, here is the ticket number: Ticket #12149746: DB: Frequent prompting for access to Permissions
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