OneDrive on the Mac is now seriously broken!

It appears that due to a change in the Mac OS, the OneDrive client for the Mac has been seriously broken. Apps light lightroom or Bridge, which manage local files on the Mac, now don’t work at all. Not sure if the blame lies with Apple or with Microsoft…

You can find out more on the OneDrive Blog by searching for “Inside the new Files On-Demand Experience on macOS”.

Be sure to read the comments.



Conversation 6 comments

  • lezmaka

    Premium Member
    27 January, 2022 - 7:12 pm

    <p>You can blame both. Apple first for removing the method that OneDrive and Dropbox both use for online-only files and the new "approved" way has limitations like the root folder has to be in your user folder. Then blame Microsoft for the horrible transition.</p>

    • jimchamplin

      Premium Member
      30 January, 2022 - 9:30 pm

      <p>The API that OneDrive and Dropbox both had been using was deprecated in Catalina, three major versions ago. The old API was through the Finder binary while my understanding is that the new API hooks into APFS directly.</p>

      • curtisspendlove

        01 February, 2022 - 4:39 pm

        <p>Yup. Kexts have been deprecated for quite a long time now. Dropbox and Microsoft knew this was coming. </p><p><br></p><p>It sucks; but that is software development. If they can keep up with JavaScript stuff for their projects that use it (like VS Code) they should be able to keep up with this. </p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    27 January, 2022 - 8:03 pm

    <p>To be clear, this is for macOS 12.3 for which the first beta was released today. Dropbox and OneDrive both have betas using the new, apparently less capable, APIs. It seems a bit early to be getting our panties in a bunch.</p>

  • lindhartsen

    Premium Member
    28 January, 2022 - 2:09 pm

    <p>I think one of the commenters this morning (1/28) found a partial explanation for the situation here based on Apple’s developer documentation. The largest change that’s impacting my own sync is the point folders no longer populate with the new placeholders until you view them. So, lets say you have a complex structure with multiple levels deep of folders, every time you dig deeper Finder has to reach out to OneDrive, and it will then fill in the folder with placeholders at that time. This compares with OneDrive’s default, and the one on Windows, where placeholders are built after the first log-in.</p><p><br></p><p>The transition could have used some type of popup to indicate what was going to happen. It’s a little confusing to find your OneDrive directory empty when you expect it to just be there, more so for those who weren’t using Files-on-Demand.</p>


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