Microsoft are changing the default behaviour of OneDrive on macOS; this change will result in files stored in OneDrive not being available locally by default. Anyone indexing files on OneDrive will presumably run into trouble when that happens; indexing requires files to be persistently present at a local path.
Microsoft have described the changes in detail here. It will be possible to pin files such that they remain available locally, but that will require user interaction.
In my opinion, anybody indexing files on OneDrive should be aware that there is at least a theoretical potential for data loss when the change is enacted.
@cgrunenberg do you share this concern? On first thoughts about this, I have two specific concerns:
- the changing path for local OneDrive files might cause trouble, especially if two Macs using different software versions (of OneDrive) are involved
- non-persistent local files
Both of these effects could cause loss of data (I assume; I’m basing that assumption on my interpretation of the workings of sync). In the case of OneDrive, users might very well not be aware of the impending changes. Would it be worth adding a message to the next maintenance release?