I was met with this email this week:
We’re writing to let you know that an updated version of Dropbox for macOS is ready. This updated version of the Dropbox app has a deep integration with macOS to ensure you have the best Dropbox experience. To get started, ensure your computer is on the latest version of macOS and click the Dropbox icon in your menu bar. On the notification that appears, click Get started .
Following the link takes you here:
The short version is:
Your Dropbox folder will be moved to ~/Library/CloudStorage.
Up until now, it has always just been:
by default. Apple is cracking down, and has now changed the rules on where needs to be located.
Interestingly, just around this time, I had been conversing with Arq developer Stefan, trying to troubleshoot an issue. Fundamentally, I couldn’t find my Arq backup files, which were supposed to be in Dropbox. Up until recently, most apps integrated with Dropbox by storing their contents in:
But on my iMac, the “Apps” folder was nowhere to be found (it still appears in the above location on my MacBook). I was looking for it because I was trying to resolve some odd errors causing my Arq backups to fail. Then it hit me that I might have circular logic in my backup strategy, since Arq was backing up my home directory to Dropbox, but my Dropbox folder was in my home directory (I’m embarrassed that I didn’t think of that sooner).
But backups had been running fine for quite a while. Still, I thought I should exclude the backup directory from what I’m backing up. But when I went looking for it, I couldn’t find it.
Talking with Stefan, he suggested looking in the previously mentioned:
But that directory doesn’t exist either! Suddenly, I got scared that my backup was gone, perhaps due to some confusion on my part. So, panicked, I tried to restore a random file that I knew would only have been backed up recently. And the restore worked! So where is Arq keeping my backup?? I don’t know, and it’s still a mystery.
But this is a side drama to the topic here, that I mainly want the community to be aware of. Talking to Stefan, it seems Apple’s new APIs for cloud storage are relocating where Dropbox files live.
I’m not sure that the change bothers me. But obviously, I’m unsettled that I can’t find the data anywhere. I will probably pull out GrandPerspective to hunt it down.
But I’m going to add that Dropbox has been weird in other ways lately. Besides the disappearance of the Dropbox/Apps subdirectory (that Dropbox support has so far been unable to explain), I also cannot get the Dropbox menu bar icon to appear on my MacBook. That means I can’t see what’s going on, what errors exist, whether things are synced, etc. Rebooting, reinstalling the app, and a number of other things have not helped. Is it related to the notch on my MacBook Air M2?
Nor is the “Dropbox Desktop” app working on either Mac. And these features are the way I have visibility into what Dropbox is doing, and the tools Dropbox Support is asking me to use to troubleshoot. Catch-22.
Is anyone else dealing with Dropbox changes or irregularities, like a missing Apps folder, missing Desktop app, missing menu bar icon, or??