Below is drawing that hoefully explains my current sync setup. And, yes, DTTG displays 2 seperate databases based on the single iCloud instance. I am sure I have something poorly configured. Should I remove one leg of the CloudKit sync?
If DEVONthink To Go - or DEVONthink - shows two databases with the same name, they are not the same database and will not sync together. Creating a new database with the same name will never work as it’s a new and separate database, regardless what the name is. Only true copies of a database can sync.
True copies are archieved:
Importing a database from a sync location to the local device, Mac or mobile
Copying a database - the .dtBase2 file - to a Mac manually.
PS: This is all covered in the Help > Documentation > In & Out > Sync section.
PPS: Perhaps this update to my Sync Types Explained post is helpful…
I understand the explanation. However, is a single set of files (iCloud) set up in as indexed database on two seperate Macs (Mac 1 and Mac 2) the proper configuration? The acutal indexed files are identical.
When I try what one slide in your Sync Types video suggests - using the Preferences Sync option on one of the Macs (say Mac #2), I get nothing but a database instance without content. Nothing ever populates.
Is this due to the fact the database on Mac 1 is an index and not imported? I can see the dtBase2 file on Mac 2 is significanrtly smaller than the Mac 1 dtBase2 file, but as none of the files are imported (only indexed) I don’t think that should matter too much.
Regardless, what I had confgured initially - syncing only 1 of the Macs to DTTG via CloudKit seemed to work fine. Yet, cgrunenberg suggested that I needed to configure DTTG to sync to both Macs. Thus, my questions and drawing here.
“Mostly” is becuase the only items that appear in the “imported” database are certain PDFs in the “All PDF Documents” smart group. These items total 208. The actual database I am trying to sync has 537 PDF files. However, that database does have 208 PDF files that carry tags AND these tagged files do appear to be the items that are populating the “All PDF Documents” smart group.
As can be seen here, no actual Groups appear in the tree of the “imported database.” Just the 3 default Smart Group. And, Yes, I have verified the database I am trying to import.
I am a little concerned that - at least for the iPad - this is the same set up as I had before and it never seemed to sync properly. Indeed, you and I have had a previous discussion on a corrupted database on this same iPad.