First off, I am not sure what the nomenclature of the two distinct representations of a “share” in odrive and what could be considered a “synced folder”, but for the purposes of this discussion I when I use the expression “synced folder” I will mean it to be the folder that I have set to sync with a share on odrive in the cloud, not the share’s folder as it appears in ~/ordive. I sense this could be a point of potential miscommunication so I wanted to make sure that was clear.
For all of my macs, I keep shortcuts to my various odrive shares in the Sidebar of my Finder windows for easy access. On the mac that is in my work office, I am not using synced folders and instead I am directly accessing the respective folder that is within the odrive folder itself. I don’t normally do this and generally uncomfortable using that folder (for reasons that will be further reinforced in a few sentences) but it happened to be the end state after all of my synced folders lost their odrive linkage inexplicably and became static folders with diverging content before I realized they were out of sync. (This was discussed at length in another Troubleshooting issue so I wonder get into that here.)
Normally I create the Sidebar items by simply dragging the folder and dropping in onto the Sidebar where it appears, seemingly as just a shortcut. I then will typically shorten the title of the descriptive-yet-long names of my shares to make them be more visually recognizable in the Sidebar. However, today I learned that when you change the name of a Sidebar item it actually changes the name of the file or folder that it points to! I honestly never knew this, and while it seems like a bad idea to me, that’s the way it is, apparently. Therefore, when I had a share’s folder that was take directly from the odrive folder (i.e.: ~/ordrive/I_Hate_Sand/) and dropped it into the Sidebar of any Finder window thereby making it a new Sidebar item, when I later changed the title of said Sidebar item it actually changed the name of the share in ordrive accordingly, as in the name of the share as it appears in the cloud! As I have experience with changing names of synced folders like I was dealing with in my latest Troubleshooting Issue and there not being any obvious side-effects (not immediate ones anyway) so I was a bit shocked by the double discovery of what happens when you (1) change the title of a Sidebar item (2) change the name of a share’s folder in the odrive folder.
Since I moved share to a completely different name in odrive, I knew I had done something wrong when the fan quickly went to maximum velocity and I saw that odrive’s status was that it was syncing the newly-named share, apparently in its entirety. (I honestly have no idea what it was actually doing when I made this change.) I promptly changed the share name back to its original name, but I haven’t even seen what that did to my other computers which also have those same shares in sync with the ones I accidentally renamed and then restored to their original names. I have a feeling what I discover will be not good. Before odrive charged forward doing whatever it was doing when the name of that share changed in the odrive folder.
Anyway, while I don’t have time at the moment repeat the the process I used [to restore the synced folder] (Restored from Time Machine Backup, odrive empty) so its behavior is the same across all of my macs so there are less unexpected surprised like today’s. I feel like I am living proof of the need for an “odrive best practices” guide since there are lots of ways that you can get chewed up by your own actions. I might go as far as say that certain actions might benefit from having some “Are you sure?” dialogues since sometimes things have consequences you don’t expect. I actually am interested in what actually goes on behind the scenes on the computer that is the source of this name change, what’s in the cloud, and what happens on the other machines that are in sync, but I guess I will probably learn more about the last part when I get home, :-/
If you have any suggestions of things I should validate on this or my other macs which sync with those two shares, please let me know. I am trying to stay in preventative maintenance mode W/R/T odrive, so anything helps. If there is more fallout I will report it here since this is something that someone could easily do to themselves without realizing the gravity of the change they are making. One thing is for sure- going forward I will always use aliases in the Sidebar if I intend on changing the title of it! Learn the hard way I guess.