Dropbox folder not updating on mac

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I am a huge fan of Dropbox, but every once in a while the Dropbox application on my Windows-based PC and Mac gets caught in an endless sync loop in which no files are actually being downloaded or uploaded, but the application is running like crazy to catch up.

This happened most recently when a video being shared between myself and several coworkers needed to be re-rendered and replaced.

Doing this on Windows is actually a pretty simple process.

All you really need to do is delete all the files inside the cache folder (but not the cache folder itself).

As the replacement was rendered, the file in the host’s Dropbox folder seemed fine, but the rest of us were caught in an infinite sync cycle in which nothing was actually being downloaded.

This problem was caused by a conflict in Dropbox’s cache.

This folder holds gigabytes of miscellaneous data collected during file downloads and sync processes in a series of smaller files with crazy alphanumeric names.

This folder should reset itself every three days, though in cases where your Dropbox application is experiencing a conflict, you may not want to wait for the problem to resolve itself.

Deleting your Dropbox cache can free up plenty of disk space and resolve sync issues.

You can also check for any faulty proxy settings by right-clicking the Dropbox icon in your task bar, selecting Preferences and choosing the Proxies tab.

For most people, you’ll want to have it auto-detect your proxy settings.

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