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careful with alias !!! Sync to Dropbox from anywhere in your home folder
Authored by: vincentdavis on Oct 15, '09 09:46:44AM

I had set firefox to download to a dropbox folder. I then downloaded Carbon Copy Cloner which extracts itself into a folder that has a sortcut to your applications folder. This turn out to be a big problem. The computer became almost usless when dropbox was becuase it was trying to sync the applications while they were running. Not sure of the details of why this is such a problem. The difficulty was finding where the problem was. On the computer it shows up as just a alias but if you go to the dropbox web you can see that it actually is syncing all the files.
The fix is also painful. Since the computer is nearly frozen when dropbox is running I had to delete the files from the web. But Applications are seen a folders so you run into a deleting to many files issue.
I think dropbox is great just be careful

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Symlinks are different from aliases
Authored by: PCheese on Oct 15, '09 03:54:08PM

Actually, Carbon Copy Cloner has a symbolic link to the Applications folder (not an alias). As described by this hint, adding a symbolic link to the Dropbox directory causes it to sync the original file or folder, which explains the behavior you saw.

As others have mentioned, aliases are not followed by Dropbox.

You're right, it's probably not a good idea to use your Dropbox as a downloads folder.

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