Problem saving a file [DROPBOX]

Richard Kimberly Heck rikiheck at
Mon Sep 21 19:45:50 UTC 2020

On 9/21/20 3:33 PM, jcredberry at wrote:
> Dear Yu,
> I have my document open since my last email yesterday. The #...# file
> was not created. I just modified, save it, and the "error"
> window appeared again. I have checked the lyx~ file and I have
> permissions for everything. I closed Lyx, the lyx~ file is not deleted,

That's correct behavior.

> then I manually did. I reopened the file, edited the file, saved,
> again the error appears. The #...# file was, again, not created.

It should be created only when (a) the document has unsaved changes and
(b) autosave has been activated and the timeout period has elapsed. See
Tools> Preferences> Look & Feel> Document Handling, under Backup &
Saving for the setting. (As I said previously, if this is a shared
Dropbox folder, then the file could have been created by someone else's


> On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 2:25 PM Yu Jin <yu_jin at
> <mailto:yu_jin at>> wrote:
>     About your original issue:
>     Maybe it's a permissions issue? Did you check in Dropbox if you
>     are allowed to change that file. I mean I have seen enough wired
>     stuff where something unexplainable(for an average user at least)
>     happened, and maybe dropbox changing permissions is one of those?
>     About the other warning you got:
>     Am So., 20. Sept. 2020 um 17:35 Uhr schrieb <jcredberry at
>     <mailto:jcredberry at>>:
>         What I have tried is using another file in Dropbox, writing
>         and rewriting it. The error does not appear. 
>         I have just made what you suggested (saving the file outside
>         of Dropbox) and the following message appears:
>         image.png
>         That is a first! I do not even know what it means or why did
>         it appear. The original file is in the Dropbox folder, a new
>         copy is in my Desktop, so no, the file is shared (and not
>         opened by someone else as I have updated the version number
>         and my coauthor is seated besides me). Saved, modified,
>         resaved, no problem with the copy. Closed the copy, opened the
>         original, modified, saved, the write failure error appears.
>     This is a warning from dropbox. "#file.lyx# is an autosave file of
>     lyx, where your current work is saved when you don't manually save
>     for a certain period of time, so when lyx crashes you can recover
>     that file and don't lose all the progress.
>     When you close lyx while the file is present, lyx deletes it.
>     Dropbox doesn't know that it is just a backup file so it warns you
>     that you are deleting a file from the cloud storage and therefore
>     "it will no longer be shared with anyone".
>     What is strange here is that the warning only happens when you hit
>     "save unter" and save outside of dropbox. When you just close lyx
>     (so the file also gets deleted) there is no warning, maybe we
>     should investigate, I probably will later.
>     That would explain this warning and you can just ignore it.
>     -- 
>         Eugene

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