Lyx and won't open old files on Mac [Solved]

Richard Kimberly Heck rikiheck at
Mon Jul 6 15:37:06 UTC 2020

On 7/6/20 4:28 AM, Niklas Huldén wrote:
> Den 01-07-2020 kl. 17:53, skrev Richard Kimberly Heck:
>> On 7/1/20 6:59 AM, Niklas Huldén wrote:
>>> Hello!
>>> I installed LyX 2.3.5 in June on my MacBook Air 13 (Catalina) and
>>> noticed that I could not open files from the "Recent files" list in
>>> the File menu. The program opened an empty document with the name of
>>> the recent file. I could open old documents using the "Open.." choise
>>> from the menu.
>>> When I installed version I hoped this behaiviour would have
>>> been corrected, but now I could't even use the "Open..." choise. It
>>> allways opens up an empty file with the name om the file that should
>>> have opened. Same with version that I installed today. For
>>> some reason I can open the default Splash.lyx that sits on the "Recent
>>> files"
>>> I have backupped my Preferenses file and started up an default version
>>> of LyX but the same behaviour continues. What could be the reason for
>>> this? Have anyone had similar problems?
>> If you can open LyX from a terminal, with argument "-dbg files", you
>> might get more information. You can also  do this by opening the
>> messages pane (View> Messages Pane) and activating "files" debug
>> messages. (Go to Settings on the pane, click "Selected" then choose
>> "files").
>> I would guess there is something wrong with the path that LyX is
>> getting.
>> Riki
> Ok, thanks! I did that but the log shows nothing unusual. But the
> problem seems related only to files that reside in Dropbox folders.
> Lyx opens the files directly but does not download the contents from
> the Dropbox cloud. If i open a folder in the Dropbox app and
> doubleclick on a LyX-file it opens correctly in LyX. It used to work
> without hazzle from the LyX-menus before. Maybe it is a Dropbox problem.

It sounds like it. I assume there must be some notification to the
Dropbox app that a file has been accessed. LyX wouldn't provide that,
but the OS, or possibly Qt in this case, might.


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