Dropbox symlink not updating

To a program, a symbolic link looks like a normal folder/file.

Below, I show how to create the necessary symbolic links in Windows 7/Vista.

This creates a symbolic link named storage in your Zotero folder.

Once setup, the synchronization works automatically in the background, without any further effort.

In a previous post, I introduced Zotero, a popular free research tool by the Roy Rosenberg Center for History and New Media of George Mason University.

While this works, it requires an additional step by the user.

To keep the sync fully automatic and immediate, I have decided to adjust the procedure below as suggested by Aurimas in his comment.We could, in principle, move the complete data folder to Dropbox, but this should be avoided as Zotero and Dropbox, or multiple computers accessing Zotero via their Dropbox folder might get in each other’s way and corrupt the database.Help is at hand though: Windows, Mac-OS, and Linux provide so-called symbolic links, an ingenious mechanism that allows us to make a folder visible in a second folder.Update, July 22, 2013: Aurimas on July 22, 2013 at am said: “Symlinks are a bit quirky with Drop Box (in my experience on Windows. Drop Box (or Google Drive for that matter) does not really continually scan content inside symlinked folders unlike content in regular folders.So any changes you make to the files do not get updated until the next time you start Drop Box…” I have tested Aurimas’ comment – and indeed, in Windows 7 the synchronization does not happen right away, but rather after a restart of Dropbox or pausing/resuming the synchronization.Since we assume here that you have performed a fresh Zotero installation, this folder should still be empty.