I just installed Dropbox on my Mac, so now I have this Dropbox folder in my home directory.

I only have the free plan (2 GB), so I can't just throw all my files & directories in there.

I currently store all my projects in my ~/Projects directory.

Should I just move files I want to store into Dropbox, or should I also create a symlink ln -s (or should I use Mac Alias instead?) so that I can also access the file outside of my Dropbox directory?

I'm thinking if I move a whole project to the dropbox that's cool. But, in some cases, I might only want to Dropbox some of the files in a project, in which case I'll also want to have those files inside the project directory, esp. since I usually track my individual projects with Git.

How do you do it?


The Dropbox help has an article about this.

The rest of your question is subjective and argumentative. Do you have more specific requirements?


I just keep my git repositories in Dropbox. Dropbox doesn't seem to have any issue with conflicts... or at least I haven't experienced any problems with keeping git repos on Dropbox for the last year or so.

Why would you want to access files outside the Dropbox directory?

  • Thanks. Well, I guess I'm just used to having them in the ~/Projects directory and have some ~/.bash_profile deploy scripts and such that rely on that. Not a big deal though. But, if I didn't have enough storage to store the whole project, then I could just symlink to a few of the files in the project. – ma11hew28 Feb 23 '11 at 17:57
  • Yeah very true -- dropbox follows symlinks so you're good. Also since I code on two computers, I like to keep all my configuration on dropbox: ~/.bash_profile -> /Users/me/Dropbox/code/dotfiles/.bash_profile – Aaron Gibralter Feb 23 '11 at 23:43

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