I use Google Drive to access my files across multiple devices. I also like to link directly to Google Drive files (providing a shareable link to files) so that I can update the file without having to re-upload the document every time I make a change to a file. Occasionally, when I update the file from one computer versus another, multiple TeX files get created for the same project, and the link breaks for a LaTeX file. Is there anyway to fix this?

Both computers are Macs running macOS Sierra (10.12.4), and I'm using TeXShop (vs 3.77).

  • As far as I know, Dropbox handles this kind of task better.
  • When I was facing the problem (even with Dropbox, large project) then I used the following approach.

  1. Starting the PC.
  2. Let the software sync the files.
  3. Disable syncing by stopping Dropbox or by disabling it.
  4. Work on the project until I finish it.
  5. Start the sync again.

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  • Thanks. Unfortunately, Dropbox has been disallowed from my university due to security concerns (I used Dropbox previously). This seems to be an idiosyncrasy I'll just have to live with for now. – JavaMan Apr 28 '17 at 9:24
  • @JavaMan The approach I use is not limited to Dropbox. Just do the same (pause sync OR just exit it) with Google Drive. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner Apr 28 '17 at 9:28
  • I understand. I suspect that turning sync on and off is a surefire way (for me) to make sure I lose access to some files on a machine. Nonetheless thank you for your comments and your help. – JavaMan Apr 28 '17 at 19:04

It turns out that this was being caused by using different computers on a campus network and on a private network. Accessing the campus network has fixed the issue.

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