I’m wondering the best way to get out of this mess I suddenly find myself in. The setup:
I have several DTPO databases stored in Dropbox. None of these are terribly large – less than 1 GB for the primary database.
Recently I have had problems opening databases. I get the message (or ones like it) saying inbox.dtBase2 seems to be already in use, or my primary database djlUTD2.dtBase2.
I have a desktop computer at home and a laptop, among others, but these are dedicated to DTPO. I make sure each database is closed, not that DevonThink is closed and the database remains open – not sure that matters. Anyway, DT is closed on both computers.
When I go to access either one, I get these database already in use messages, I click continue, the program opens, then crashes. The only thing I can think of is maybe I’ve jumped the gun and Dropbox is working behind the scenes sync’ing the databases and this is not finished when I try to open DT. I’ve waited until it appears that Dropbox is no longer sync’ing, yet I still get the error and crash.
Looking inside the database’s package, I see quite a few conflicted copy and the date files, but I am not sure what this means. It all started around the first of the month. Anyway, I am not sure what these mean or what I should do about them.
So . . .
I need to get out of this mess. Is there anyway to open a database so it doesn’t crash? I can’t even access backup copies or run the optimize or repair tools – which I do periodically and just did for this one database that now keeps crashing.
What do I do with the conflicted copies? Are they usable?
Finally, I’ve had great success with Dropbox but now I am having problems. I wonder if I shouldn’t repair the databases, leave them on one of the computers, then copy the files via my network or put on a flash drive or portable drive. Can I use DTPO exclusively from a flash drive or portable drive, just moving the drives between computers?
Anyway, sorry for the lengthy note. Just trying to give you an idea of the environment as I encounter it. Thanks for reading.