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DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

mhwillDrpBx
Explorer | Level 3

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." 

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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.

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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.

 

Thank you.

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Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi @mhwillDrpBx, thanks for posting today!

From what I can see, the location of your Dropbox folder is inside the Documents folder, which isn't the default location.

This could be what is causing the prompts to appear. Did you manually move it to that folder?

Are the other computers storing the Dropbox folder in the Documents folder, or in the Home folder?

This will help me to assist further!

Jay
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Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

mhwillDrpBx
Explorer | Level 3

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.

Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

Jay
Dropboxer
Do you use iCloud, or any other software that might be trying to backup or change the Documents folder itself, and in turn Dropbox, which might be affecting the permissions?

You could try to move the Dropbox folder back to the home folder to see if this would work, provided it doesn't affect an apps or services which are still pointing to the Documents/Dropbox location.

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Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

mhwillDrpBx
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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.

Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

mhwillDrpBx
Explorer | Level 3

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).

Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

Jay
Dropboxer
I'd recommend getting in contact with the support team directly to see if they can look into this matter in more detail on their end.

Once you get a ticket ID from the automated response, please let me know the number here so I can locate it in our system!

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Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

mhwillDrpBx
Explorer | Level 3

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

Mark

Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

Jay
Dropboxer
Thanks for the reply, I can see that a support agent is assisting you with this matter. 

They'll be able to investigate from there on!

Jay
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Re: DropBox needs to change permissions in Big Sur

mhwillDrpBx
Explorer | Level 3

Jay,

 

Yes, they have already sent me an email and I have responded.

Thanks again for all your help.

Best regards,

Mark

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