iCloud Desktop & Document Folders from 2 Macs

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by rhino7, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. rhino7 macrumors member

    rhino7

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    If I enable iCloud Desktop & Documents folders syncing to iCloud, does this automatically merge the contents from both machines and lead to me seeing a unified view on both machines? Is there then any way of determining which machine a file came from?
     
  2. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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  3. zorinlynx macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    I'm curious about this feature and how reliable it is.

    Do the Documents and Desktop folders remain regular folders on your machine, in your home directory? I never liked how the "iCloud Drive" folder is a weird folder at:

    ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com\~apple\~CloudDocs

    I mean, directory names with tildes in them? There's some real sado-masochists working at Apple. Anybody with some UNIX experience will know what I mean. How does conflict resolution work? If I edit the same file offline on two machines, how does it decide how to merge them?

    This stuff drives me crazy, and I'd actually enjoy having a regular folder I can manipulate in and out of the GUI that gets automatically backed up, both to the cloud and Time Machine.
     
  4. KetchupRob macrumors newbie

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    The file conflict resolution issue is a bit like time travel and alternate timelines. Which is the right one!
     
  5. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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  6. KetchupRob macrumors newbie

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    Not yet, I've installed on my only MacBook so I'm testing things like Outlook (which is buggy with Gmail) and universal copy and paste.
     
  7. Brookzy macrumors 68040

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    When I enabled iCloud Desktop & Documents, the Mac I first enabled it on - my MacBook - uploaded all the files to the Desktop and Documents folders, respectively.

    When I enabled it on the second Mac, its content was placed in a "[Brookzy]'s iMac" folder that was created in both the Desktop and Documents folders.

    Personally I didnt want to separate them like that so I just moved the contents of the "[Brookzy]'s iMac" folders to the main folder, and now a single Desktop, and a single Documents, folder syncs between my Macs.
     
  8. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    A thumbs-up to@Brookzy for describing the behaviour but I'm surprised that there's no automated attempt to merge the contents.
     

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