Problem saving a file [DROPBOX]

jcredberry at jcredberry at
Mon Sep 21 20:39:00 UTC 2020


Here is my configuration (I guess this is the default in Lyx):
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As I said before, there is no #...# file, yet the error appears.

Julio Rojas
jcredberry at

On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 4:45 PM Richard Kimberly Heck <rikiheck at>

> 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 machine.)
> Riki
> On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 2:25 PM Yu Jin <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>:
>>> 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: 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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