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

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  1. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

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    #1
    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

    BUT

    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

    nielsrasmus

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    #2
    Open terminal and type

    Code:
    cd ~
    and press Enter.

    what does it says now ?
     
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    San Francisco
    #3
    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

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    Oct 25, 2007
    #4
    Even easier method is to use MacDropAny - its a great app with a nice GUI that does all what you are trying to do.

    http://dropboxwiki.com/MacDropAny
     
  5. lepimp macrumors newbie

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    #5
    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.

    Thanks
     
  6. mrrjclarke macrumors newbie

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    Aug 17, 2012
    #6
    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

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    #7
    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

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    #8
    That's because you were trying to symbolic link to /Documents, at the root of your local hard disk. You should do this:

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

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