Setting default directories for moving/renaming linked files from two computers to shared folder

(Erik) #1

Trying to set up JabRef using Dropbox as a central pdf + bib repository for access from two different computers (one Linux, one Windows).

The default directories can be set in different places as follows:

  1. Options > preferences “Main file directory” can be set
  2. Options > preferences bib file location can be used as “primary file directory”.
  3. File > database properties > General file directory.
  4. File > database properties > User-specific file directory

Can these be specified in a way so that Clean > move linked files works on both computers (putting the linked files on a shared dropbox folder)?

Ideally, I would just tick 2. but It seems that 1 or 2 is not sufficient - the tickbox for moving linked files is grayed out unless 3 is filled in and this creates a problem since the file paths are different on the two machines.

(Erik) #2

Found a similar problem and workaround here (just ignoring the move files checkbo and selecting rename files only):

(Erik) #3


(Christoph) #4


We think, that is already fixed in our development version and consequently the change will be included in the next release.

We would like to ask you to use a development build from and report back if it works for you.

I fixed a lot of issues regarding renaming and moving files. The problem with not moving files to bib file location should be fixed, too.


(Erik) #5

Thanks for the response! Would be happy to try the dev version, but could not get the .jar to run (Error: Could not find or load main class org.jabref.JabRefMain) and dont have access to the windows machine right now.

(Christoph) #6


this is probably due to the fact that you have openjkd 8 installed. As we are now switching to new GUI JavaFX you need the addtional package “openjfx” to be installed.
Alternatively, (we recommend it) you need to switch to the latest oracle java 8 sdk/jre

Best regards