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10.3: Use the .mac iDisk to store common application data
Authored by: drm0223 on Jan 02, '04 04:02:04PM

I have tried to use .Mac to share a Quicken database between my desktop G5 and my laptop TiPB. I can copy the file to the Documents folder of my iDisk from one machine and use it from that machine.

However, when I examine that file from the other, it appears as a folder and not a file! I get the same result regardless of which computer (G5 or TiPB) I use to copy to the iDisk/Documents folder.

I am using Panther 10.3.2

This file does not 'share well' for some reason.

Anyone have an explanation?

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10.3: Use the .mac iDisk to store common application data
Authored by: iRideSnow on Jan 03, '04 12:34:25AM

The "Quicken Data" file is actually a package, which is really a directory. If you right click (control-click) on the Quicken Data "file", it will give you the option of opening the package contents. Similarly, if you're comfortable with the Terminal, you can navigate to the location of the Quicken Data "file" and see that it is actually a directory. I'm saying "file" in quotes because it's really a directory.

I haven't tried this completely since I only have Quicken installed on one of my machines, but this *should* work. I did do all the steps, and everything looks like it should work to me.

1. Exit Quicken.
2. Make a local of your Quicken Data file just to be safe.
3. Copy the Quicken Data file to your iDisk->Documents folder.
4. Delete the Quicken Data file on your two machines.
5. On both of your machines, open the Terminal and navigate to where your Quicken Data file was. On my machine, it was in ~/Applications/Quicken 2003 for Mac.
6. Again, on both of your machines, create a symbolic link to the version on your iDisk. You'll need to wait until the Quicken Data file is synced over of course.

ln -s /Volumes/YourMacLoginName/Documents/Quicken\ Data Quicken\ Data

Note the use of backslash before the space in the "Quicken Data".

7. There is no step 7! (haha)

The Quicken Data file on your other machine will appear as a folder, but I wouldn't expect that would prevent it from working. Although I could be wrong. I mean, it really is just a folder when you get right down to it. If it doesn't work, then I don't know if there's anything you can do.

Hope that helps.


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10.3: Use the .mac iDisk to store common application data
Authored by: CardinalRoost on Jan 14, '04 09:04:37PM

What you need to do is stop using the file on your machine, only use the iDisk file. Then this works great.

1. set up iDisk to keep a copy locally.
2. find you quicken file on your hard drive and copy it to the iDisk Documents.
3. make an alias pointing to this new location.
4. use the alias to open quicken.
5. after checking the file from another location, delete the original - or back it up to CD or ...

I have iDisk set up to replicate between 3 computers: home, school (where I do support), work.

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10.3: Use the .mac iDisk to store common application data
Authored by: rezolution on Jun 08, '04 01:21:34AM

I have verified the problem. The offered solutions do not help. When accessing the Quicken data file from iDisk from another machine, the "unpackaged" file/folder appears corrupt. Even the data file within the resulting unpackaged directory is not readable by Quicken (version 2003.) This is a problem for users that wish to access their Quicken data from multiple machines at multiple sites (ie. a G5 at home and a Powerbook at work.)

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