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

Murat Yildizoglu myildi at
Tue Jul 7 00:46:50 UTC 2020

> Le 7 juil. 2020 à 05:36, Stephan Witt <st.witt at> a écrit :
> 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.
> Stephan
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Hi Niklas,
Have you activated the new new functionality in Dropbox that keeps files in the cloud but only keeping a file handle in the DB folder. You could be trying to open such a file and DB seems not to be able to detect the request to the file but Lyx and download it before opening it.

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