Dropbox...make it the OSX default Documents folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lowonthe456, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    I found an article on Cnet...but I think I did it wrong.... :mad:

    It said to open Terminal
    Type "cd Dropbox"
    Then "ln -s ~/Documents /Documents"

    the response was:
    ln: /Documents: Permission denied


    When I started it said
    Michaels-MacBook-Air:~ michaelxxxxx$

    after running that command it says
    Michaels-MacBook-Air:Dropbox michaelxxxxx$

    why? Didi I do it wrong? Have I screwed something up? :confused:
  2. nielsrasmus macrumors member


    Dec 12, 2011
    Open terminal and type

    cd ~
    and press Enter.

    what does it says now ?
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    You have to be in super user mode to use make changes to the Home folder folders. Just type "sudo" before the "ln" command.

    EDIT: That's a good tip BTW, I never thought of that one before. I've just been using aliases in my home folder.
  4. thankins macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    Even easier method is to use MacDropAny - its a great app with a nice GUI that does all what you are trying to do.

  5. lepimp macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2012
    I've done this operation with succes, but now I regret it, since I've changed to google drive. How do i undo it?
    I'm trying to make google drive my default documents folder.

  6. mrrjclarke macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2012
    1. Open a Terminal window.

    2. Type in the following command, then hit Enter:

    cd Users/yourusername/Google\Drive

    3. Type in the following command, then hit Enter:

    ln -s ~/Documents /Documents

    Once you've done this, Google Drive will now be the default save location in OS X.
  7. cathul macrumors member

    May 5, 2008
    Never forget to move any virtual disks from Parallels out of the documents folder before you do that. If you haven't set a non-default location you may fill the dropbox folder really quick. ;)
  8. tokyojimu macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2012
    That's because you were trying to symbolic link to /Documents, at the root of your local hard disk. You should do this:

    cd ~/Dropbox
    ln -s ../Documents .
    Don't miss that dot on the end of the second line.

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