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Link an internal folder instead of copying?

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I'm looking for a way to decrease duplication. Is there a way to, instead of copying and pasting a folder into DropBox, pasting a shortcut link or similar?

I have a number of files that I need to maintain both in a Dropbox folder and in a folder on an internal shared drive. Multiple people are working on the project and making sure that changes made in one place are duplicated in the other place is getting to be a bit of a headache. Is there a way to set it up so that changes made to the internal folder will automatically be disiplayed in the Dropbox folder?

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Re: Link an internal folder instead of copying?

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No there are not I'm afraid, 


 


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Re: Link an internal folder instead of copying?

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New member | Level 1

That's inconvenient.

Is there a way to have a link to a dropbox folder embedded in an internal folder so that when content is updated in the dropbox, it will be mirrored in the internal folder?

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Re: Link an internal folder instead of copying?

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Yes, but it's not supported by Dropbox.

What you're looking for is something called a symbolic link. You have a file or folder in one location. In another location you create a symbolic link to that file or folder and it gives the appearance that the file or folder is in both locations when it really only resides in one.

When using symlinks with Dropbox you need to remember that if the original file is outside of Dropbox and you create the link inside Dropbox, the file will not sync until the Dropbox application is restarted or re-indexes your files. This is because Dropbox is only notified of file updates by the operating system for files within its own folder, and it doesn't see the updated file until an index occurs. In order for Dropbox to sync a symlinked file, you should keep the original file in Dropbox and create the link to it outside of Dropbox.

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