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Sync to Dropbox from anywhere in your home folder
Authored by: krbusby on Jan 16, '11 10:41:33AM

I used a program called Symboliclinker which has a GUI, which I needed. It works fine, giving me a menu option to create a symbolic link and the new symbolic link represents the folder it's linked to perfectly. However, if I create a file in the folder the symbolic link to that folder does not reflect that change. Even after I reboot. Do symbolic links not refresh themsleves to keep up with the folder they're linked to?

Thank you for any insight.

Macbook, Leopard OSX 10.6.6.



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Sync to Dropbox from anywhere in your home folder
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 17, '11 10:05:02AM

Hmm... there shouldn't be anything to refresh. A symbolic link is basically a pointer to the original file or folder; it is not a separate file or folder that needs to be kept in sync with the original. It sounds like the utility you use may not actually be creating a symbolic link. You can check this through the Terminal. I'm guessing you aren't to Terminal-savvy, but if you type ls -l [foldername] where foldername is the folder containing the symbolic link, then the first letter on the line containing your sybolic link should be a lowercase L, not a D; if it is a D then that means it is a separate folder, not a symbolic link. The directory listing for the original folder will always start with a D, and entries for any symbolic links will always start with an L.

For example if I have a sybolic link called Files in my Dropbox folder linking to Files in my Documents folder, then if I go into Terminal and type ls -l ~/Dropbox then I would see something like lrwxr-xr-x 1 dan staff 41 Feb 18 2010 Files -> /Users/dan/Documents/Files/. (The ~ in the ls command is a shortcut that always means the home folder of the currently logged in user - so in my case, /Users/dan/Dropbox is the same as ~/Dropbox)

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Sync to Dropbox from anywhere in your home folder
Authored by: krbusby on Jan 17, '11 02:10:51PM

I feel bad for waiting your time. You put so much into your answer.

The problem was that I had reinstalled my OS recently and when I installed Dropbox I forgot to create new symbolic links. It seems that reinstalling Dropbox and having breaks the symbolic links even though they show in my Dropbox folder. Once I deleted those and recreated them everything was fine and any change to the original folders is immediately reflected in the symbolic links now.

Thank you very much for your reply. You may treat yourself to a beer!



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Sync to Dropbox from anywhere in your home folder
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 17, '11 06:43:59PM

That's quite alright, I was just procrastinating at work lol! Glad you got it cleared up!



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