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I have the symbolic link

ln -s $HOME/BTsync/masi/ $HOME/Dropbox/

I notice that contents in Dropbox GUI on Internet Browser are in conflict where masi directory has old files. I delete the directory in Dropbox's GUI.

  • Result: $HOME/BTsync/masi/ directory becomes empty.
  • Expected result: $HOME/BTsync/masi/ stays untouched and contents of $HOME/Dropbox/masi are updated.

I contacted BTsync support about the case too. I do not contact Dropbox because they have bad customer service and never answer their questions.

@Charles' answer confirms that Dropbox does not support Symlinks but take authority of your system in their hands. I do not like this.


How Can you Prevent Dropbox Access Elsewhere than Dropbox Folder in Your System?

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Dropbox apparently doesn't support symlinks. So deleting a symlink from the Dropbox GUI deletes the link, as well as the items pointed to.

  • It is unbelievable. How can you Dropbox have authority of removing files elsewhere in my system? I do not like that the application has authority in messing up what they want. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 May 28 '16 at 12:28

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