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Hypothetical Dropbox file question

John Burt
Assume several pre-High Sierra computers share files via Dropbox. All the computers are used to edit the files but only one at a time. What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra?

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Re: Hypothetical Dropbox file question

James R Cutler
What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra?
Well, on only one computer would you have to go through all the preferences to see what Apple has changed for you today.

Seriously, I have extensively tested Dropbox with various combinations of OS X and macOS, including High Sierra. I can find no difference in Dropbox function in High Sierra from any other OS. 1Password just keeps working. Files keep on synchronizing. I keep on complaining about needing a “Select None” in the folder sync selection setting.

Peersonal Notes:
I don’t usually use Finder Integration, so I can’t speak to that. 
I keep my Dropbox software up to date, including Beta versions.
I depend on Dropbox when installing a new instance of macOS to sync 1Password and to have all my customers setup command and diagnostic scripts available. I would notice Dropbox problems immediately.
My SO would complain loudly if synced photos did not work. They always work.

Jim

On Oct 8, 2017, at 12:35 PM, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:

Assume several pre-High Sierra computers share files via Dropbox. All the computers are used to edit the files but only one at a time. What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra?

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Re: Hypothetical Dropbox file question

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On 8 Oct 2017, at 11:35, SciFiOneA . [hidden email] wrote:

Assume several pre-High Sierra computers share files via Dropbox. All the computers are used to edit the files but only one at a time. What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra? 

It should just work. Each computer sharing the dropbox is syncing ther specific file system <-> Dropbox. The Dropbox client on each computer interfaces with that computers file system. The common denominator is the Dropbox Cloud. Hence it's no different than if you are sharing a Dropbox with with a windows machine or a Linux machine. They all just work because the Dropbox Client on each machine knows how to talk to the file system on that machine.

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Re: Hypothetical Dropbox file question

Jerome King-2
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I am NOT knowledgeable about the file system structure BUT I think it wouldn’t matter.

Specifically I mean that the stored file is going to be in (.XLS, .DOC, .jPG etc.) what ever the overall file system is using.
I think, don’t know, that services like DropBox are copying the files and not the file system of the customer. 
In the same vein I suspect that backup services would see the file structure and that may be one reason that ShirtPocket is not yet able to support High Sierra systems

Jerry 
On Oct 8, 2017, at 1:05 PM, James R Cutler <[hidden email]> wrote:

What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra?
Well, on only one computer would you have to go through all the preferences to see what Apple has changed for you today.

Seriously, I have extensively tested Dropbox with various combinations of OS X and macOS, including High Sierra. I can find no difference in Dropbox function in High Sierra from any other OS. 1Password just keeps working. Files keep on synchronizing. I keep on complaining about needing a “Select None” in the folder sync selection setting.

Peersonal Notes:
I don’t usually use Finder Integration, so I can’t speak to that. 
I keep my Dropbox software up to date, including Beta versions.
I depend on Dropbox when installing a new instance of macOS to sync 1Password and to have all my customers setup command and diagnostic scripts available. I would notice Dropbox problems immediately.
My SO would complain loudly if synced photos did not work. They always work.

Jim

On Oct 8, 2017, at 12:35 PM, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:

Assume several pre-High Sierra computers share files via Dropbox. All the computers are used to edit the files but only one at a time. What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra?

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Re: Hypothetical Dropbox file question

Alexander Forbes
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On Oct 8, 2017, at 10:56 AM, Richard Rettke <[hidden email]> wrote:

Assume several pre-High Sierra computers share files via Dropbox. All the computers are used to edit the files but only one at a time. What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra? 

It should just work.


We'd certainly assume Apple would not make HS machines incompatible with machines still on the older OS. However, reminds me of a conversation in Software QA where one tester (me) compared an upgrade we’d just released to the Ford "Ka-boom” Pinto.

A much younger tester, who obviously didn't remember that Pinto, hotly replied,

“They wouldn’t make them if they weren’t safe!"



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Re: Hypothetical Dropbox file question

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On 08 Oct 2017, at 10:35, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Assume several pre-High Sierra computers share files via Dropbox. All the computers are used to edit the files but only one at a time. What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra?

Nothing?

Dropbox doesn’t care what OS you are on (For example, I share my dropbox among several computers of different version of OS X and even a Windows machine.

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Re: Hypothetical Dropbox file question

John Burt
Interesting. Thanks.

On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 3:13 PM, @lbutlr <[hidden email]> wrote:
On 08 Oct 2017, at 10:35, SciFiOneA . <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Assume several pre-High Sierra computers share files via Dropbox. All the computers are used to edit the files but only one at a time. What would happen if one computer upgraded to High Sierra?

Nothing?

Dropbox doesn’t care what OS you are on (For example, I share my dropbox among several computers of different version of OS X and even a Windows machine.

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Re: Hypothetical Dropbox file question

Nigel Stanger-2
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On Mon Oct 09 2017 11:13:40, @lbutlr spake thus:
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> Dropbox doesn’t care what OS you are on (For example, I share my dropbox among several computers of different version of OS X and even a Windows machine.

I’ve had Dropbox going to macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android without any problems. Well, except for the old Mac Pro running 10.7 which will fall off the back of the support bus on January 16.

https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/computer-os-not-supported

I’ve been meaning for while to see if I can use MacPostFactor to upgrade the Pro to a more modern OS.

http://www.osxhackers.net/macpostfactor.html

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