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

Paul A. Rubin parubin73 at
Mon Jul 6 22:00:47 UTC 2020

On 7/6/20 5:10 PM, Kornel Benko wrote:
> Am Mon, 6 Jul 2020 14:45:36 -0400
> schrieb "Paul A. Rubin" <parubin73 at>:
>> On 7/6/20 12:45 PM, Kornel Benko wrote:
>>> Am Mon, 6 Jul 2020 11:58:03 -0400
>>> schrieb "Paul A. Rubin" <parubin73 at>:
>>>> 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.
>>>> Paul
>>> What is the setting of \use_native_filedialog (possibly in preferences? : it defaults
>>> to 'true' if not set)
>>> 	Kornel
>> False in my case (LyX 2.3.5-1 from Liv' PPA, on Linux Mint).
>> Paul
> In that case, I'd try to set it to true and repeat the dropbox test.
> (You have to edit the preferences, because there does not exist a dialog yet)
> 	Kornel
On Mint, it seems to make no difference; the same file in Dropbox opens 
fine. For what it's worth, the setting is in the spellchecker section of 
the preferences file, which seems a bit odd but harmless.

The key question is whether it makes a difference on OSX.


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