Dropbox File Path via Shell Or Similar?

Stephen MacLean smaclean at madmansoft.com
Wed May 14 21:45:00 EDT 2014


Forget I wrote that... after seeing the other responses.

Best,

Steve

On May 14, 2014, at 9:41 PM, Stephen MacLean <smaclean at madmansoft.com> wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> 
> If you just want to access the files, that are local to you:
> 
> /Users/<yourusername>/Dropbox/
> 
> It's just like any other folder on your mac.
> 
> You can get that by doing Command - i or get Info
> 
> Best,
> 
> Steve
> 
> On May 14, 2014, at 4:33 PM, Scott Rossi <scott at tactilemedia.com> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> On 5/14/14 12:55 PM, "J. Landman Gay" <jacque at hyperactivesw.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> On 5/14/14, 1:59 PM, Scott Rossi wrote:
>>>> Right, I'm not looking to upload/download, I'm trying to get a
>>>> Dropbox-formatted file path.
>>> 
>>> I had to deal with that in AirLaunch and I don't think it's possible
>>> without asking the user at least once. After you do that you can
>>> generate links using the same format, as long as the files are in the
>>> same folder as the one the user supplied.
>>> 
>>> Dropbox generates a different cryptic string for each folder. The
>>> general format is:
>>> 
>>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/<long random string>/filename.txt
>>> 
>>> As long as a file is in the same folder, you can use that URL and just
>>> replace the filename at the end with a different one. But since each
>>> folder has its own random string, you can't know what the URL will be
>>> for any other location.
>>> 
>>> The Dropbox app probably knows, but it isn't telling.
>> 
>> 
>> Actually, I'm trying to work out a solution for myself, not for other
>> users, and this is for local files with Dropbox installed, not using the
>> web service.  Pretty sure the cryptic string is based on the filename as
>> it's different for every file in the same folder, and replacing a file
>> with one of the same name generates the same shared link.
>> 
>> A right-click on the file is able to retrieve this link, so I'm hoping
>> there's some way to do this through the system.  Because there's a bit of
>> delay before the link is revealed, I'm guessing there's a web/server query
>> going on behind the scenes.  The dropbox.py script is supposedly able to
>> grab the link, but again, only on Linux it seems.
>> 
>> Maybe the Dropbox gurus out there (Guglielmo?  Andre?) can chime in and
>> say if this is hopeless.
>> 
>> Thanks for the responses.
>> 
>> Scott Rossi
>> Creative Director
>> Tactile Media, UX/UI Design
>> 
>> 
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