- Optimize storage on iCloud - bonus points if you select Desktop and Documents in preferences
- Move some files out of the Documents folder
- Turn off optimization
To be honest, this is just my guesstimate as to how I managed to lose
a lot of some documents. While I am unsure as to the exact steps that caused this dilemma, the fact is I now have problems. One example:
In finder, files are there - they have .jpg extensions, but finder shows them as Kind > CSV Document - this is my first clue something is off. I try previewing or opening these files with multiple apps. Nothing happens at all. I go into terminal - there are no files here. I use
ls -la and I see the files are actually in this format:
.filename-here.extension.icloud - so they are icloud pointers or symlinks, whatever you call them. But finder gives me no indication of this, so I happily moved the files around, not realizing that they weren’t actually on my hard drive.
To make matters worse, if I go into finder and search for “.icloud” files, I come up with 109 files, all in one particular folder. None of the files I am seeing in terminal are included in this search result. So it’s definitely more than 109, but I’ll have to use some terminal-fu find command in order to be sure…
OK, using find it appears that maybe it’s only 154 files. Not all of those are important, and the ones that are might have a copy somewhere else. Maybe.
Still. given the fact that my entire working career was in I.T. (i.e., I’m not technically illiterate) it seems to me that Apple has set this up in a way that makes it way too easy for someone to lose files. I know that I personally will never use iCloud outside of some basic metadata backup/sync that iOS uses.