been using DT for a few years now and love it more then ever
for a specific DT database (my food recipes .md files) it seems it makes sense to have them outside the main DT database so i can share with family, quick view them in other apps and so on.
i have spent a lot of time rating, and adding metadata within DT to these files. If i as the title says move the .md files to an external folder (dropbox/icloud) and re-index will i loose all the metadata? if not is there a correct way to do so since i don’t want to mess this up?
any other significant cons i should be aware of before i do this?
I stopped using Dropbox long ago. Regardless: I’d first try the setup with a small set of records in a local folder. There’s no principal difference between a purely local folder and one that is “on” Dropbox or OneDrive etc. and simply locally mounted. Except, of course, for the obvious pitfalls of synchronization etc.
So, to answer @zeltak 's questions:
First, create duplicates of those records in the database, preferably in a new group for only these files. Then move them to a new folder on your Mac (no, a MAC is something utterly different This is described in the documentation, I believe. Then, index this folder in DT
But this is exactly what @pete31 described already …
Sync is not related to indexing. In any case, I’d rather use Dropbox than iCloud. Or a WebDAV server that I have control over – even better.
Completely agree with @chrillek. Files “in” Dropbox are in the local file system. Dropbox synching them with it’s own services is purely a Dropbox thing (with DEVONthink kicking it off sometimes). It is indeed the case that quite a few people don’t “get” that.
I index some of my Dropbox files (in ~/Dropbox/[subfolders] routinely no issue. And like @chrillek is preferred to some of the other sync services for which they provide no way to influence when they run.