Dropbox Tricks

Goal

To share folders between Mac and Windows using Dropbox.  We want to share folders outside of dropbox folder in each platform.

Mac side

The actual folder we want to share: /Users/Henry/Documents/ProjectXXXX

The dropbox folder: /Users/Henry/Dropbox

To achieve our objective, we make sure of symbolic links.  Note that symbolic links are not the same as alias and alias won’t work for our purpose.  We use Terminal app and go the dropbox folder and create a symbolic link, pointing to the folder we want to share.

ln -s /Users/Henry/Documents/ProjectXXXX /Users/Henry/Dropbox/dbProjectXXXX

 

We will find a dropbox folder /Users/Henry/Dropbox/dbProjectXXXX, ready to be shared with Windows.

Windows side

The actual folder we want to share: C:\Henry\Documents\ProjectXXXX

The dropbox folder: C:\Henry\Dropbox

We will create a directory symbolic link using “mklink”. 

Open a command prompt (run as administrator).

mklink /d "C:\Henry\Dropbox\dbProjectXXXX" "C:\Henry\Documents\ProjectXXXX"

We will find a dropbox folder C:\Henry\Dropbox/dbProjectXXXX, ready to be shared with Mac.

Note:

It may be a good idea to stop Dropbox running on your machine before you do these.

Reference:

http://lifehacker.com/5154698/sync-files-and-folders-outside-your-my-dropbox-folder

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