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

Paul A. Rubin parubin73 at
Mon Jul 6 15:58:03 UTC 2020

On 7/6/20 11:37 AM, Richard Kimberly Heck wrote:
> 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.
> Riki
It may be specific to the Mac OS. I just uploaded (via web browser) a 
.lyx file to a shared Dropbox folder owned by a coauthor, then opened it 
in LyX via the file menu with no problems. This was on Linux Mint.


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