Problem saving a file [DROPBOX]

Sergio Celani sergiocelani at
Mon Sep 21 21:02:25 UTC 2020

El lun., 21 sept. 2020 a las 17:39, <jcredberry at> escribió:

> Richard,
> Here is my configuration (I guess this is the default in Lyx):
> [image: image.png]
> As I said before, there is no #...# file, yet the error appears.
> Regards,
> Julio Rojas
> jcredberry at
> On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 4:45 PM Richard Kimberly Heck <rikiheck at>
> wrote:
>> 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

Yes, in this case my files are shared. This problem occurs with both shared
and non-shared directories. Also, it doesn't happen in all my directories.
This problem appeared in older versions of Lyx. I never gave it much
importance because it seems to me that it is more a Dropbox problem

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