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Dropbox files copied for every user profile on Mac

Dropbox files copied for every user profile on Mac

Tom B.69
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Several colleagues use the same imac at different times, so I have set up separate user logins so they can access their individual emails etc. However when linking each user account to their Dropbox for business licence, the dropbox files are copied for each user, therefore wasting a lot of hard drive space creating multiple copies. Is there a way around this problem? Thanks. Tom

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Re: Dropbox files copied for every user profile on Mac

Ed
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Hi Tom

You may want to use the Selective Sync feature so files are not automatically syncing to the computer. Here's how Selective Sync works




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Re: Dropbox files copied for every user profile on Mac

Tom B.69
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Thanks - I'm aware of this feature. However the vast majority of the Dropbox files need to be ticked in selective sync for work purposes so it doesn't really save much space.

I may have found a solution but I need to test it further. I moved the whole Dropbox folder to Users/Shared/Dropbox (on Mac) so that user logins share the same files. I also made sure all users had read and write permissions on all files. Maybe it needs to settle down, but although this seems to work it takes a lot longer to sync when switching between users even if none of the files have been changed. I think part of the problem was that I had different selective sync settings between users, which has confused Dropbox somewhat. I have now made the selective sync settings the same between users and will trial this for a couple of days. I'm not convinced it is the perfect solution as at the moment I'm waiting at least 15mins for files to sync when switching on / switching users..

Has anyone else had experience of this?

Re: Dropbox files copied for every user profile on Mac

Dave C.5
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IMHO : that is a disaster waiting to happen.

The selective sync settings changing for one user will erase those files unsynced, when the next user logs in the DB app (for that user) will see the files removed and initiate a cloud delete as that is whats happened (for that user).

Re: Dropbox files copied for every user profile on Mac

Tom B.69
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Thanks for the warning but I haven't experienced this yet and have been switching between profiles a fair bit. I will keep an eye on it. However if I mirror selective sync profiles for all staff users and keep it that way then cloud deletes shouldn't occur if I've understood you correctly?

There's only one folder (ADMIN) that I don't want staff to see which contains staff and financial info. If this is not shared with staff it should be safe? The only issue is if staff have user logins on my iMac whether the cloud delete occurs on the ADMIN folder even though its not been shared with them. Fingers crossed!

Re: Dropbox files copied for every user profile on Mac

DaveC2
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Its difficult (not impossible) to miro the selective syncs, you need to restore the deleted files before changing users, due to it issuing the cloud delete before applying any new selective syncs for that user.

 

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