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

Stephan Witt st.witt at
Mon Jul 6 22:36:44 UTC 2020

Am 06.07.2020 um 18:45 schrieb Kornel Benko <kornel at>:
> 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)

On a Mac it’s shipped w/o any assignment. So it should be true.


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