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One Dropbox folder shared by two Mac users on same computer on Mac OS High Sierra

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I have my Dropbox folder on my mac in /Users/Shared/ so that I can share the files between two accounts on the mac (home & work). I don't want each user to have their own Drobox folder because then I'll have double the storage used on the mac for the same files synced from my one dropbox account.

Anyways, this used to work fine in previous versions of the OS/Dropbox. I set the permissions on the folder so that both of my mac user accounts had read/write access and the dropbox app would sync correctly no matter which mac user was logged in. But on recent versions of Dropbox no matter what permissions I set for the folder the app keeps changing them back so that only one of the mac users has access to the Dropbox folder. The other mac user doesn't have permissions.

Is there a way to get this working again? I really don't want to have two dropbox folders with the same files. Twice the diskspace and twice the network activity.

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Re: One Dropbox folder shared by two Mac users on same computer on Mac OS High Sierra

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Hey @Proggie, welcome to our community! 

Well, our app doesn’t officially support what you’ve been able to do up until now, so I really can’t say that this is something that will be fixed” on our end, to allow you to modify the permissions with the same end result. High Sierra may have something to do with this too. 

It sounds like you know your way around all this stuff, but have you heard about Selective Sync (available to all account types) and Smart Sync (available to Professional and Business plan accounts) features? With Selective Sync you can choose which of your folders you want to sync to your computer. All your content will always be available online at dropbox.com. More details here http://bit.ly/2oQbj34

With Smart Sync, you can have content online, but still visible on your computer, without taking up space on your hard drive. When you click on a file to edit it, it is synced at that time. Here’s more info http://bit.ly/2xQ5Idr

Maybe you could use these features somehow in the meantime, until you find another work-around
 
Have a great week! 
 
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Re: One Dropbox folder shared by two Mac users on same computer on Mac OS High Sierra

Dropboxer
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Hey @Proggie, welcome to our community! 

Well, our app doesn’t officially support what you’ve been able to do up until now, so I really can’t say that this is something that will be fixed” on our end, to allow you to modify the permissions with the same end result. High Sierra may have something to do with this too. 

It sounds like you know your way around all this stuff, but have you heard about Selective Sync (available to all account types) and Smart Sync (available to Professional and Business plan accounts) features? With Selective Sync you can choose which of your folders you want to sync to your computer. All your content will always be available online at dropbox.com. More details here http://bit.ly/2oQbj34

With Smart Sync, you can have content online, but still visible on your computer, without taking up space on your hard drive. When you click on a file to edit it, it is synced at that time. Here’s more info http://bit.ly/2xQ5Idr

Maybe you could use these features somehow in the meantime, until you find another work-around
 
Have a great week! 
 
[This thread is now closed due to inactivity. If you have a similar or new question, you can ask here]

Sanchez
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https://dropbox.com/support


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