This is a rather unusual problem that I am experiencing and given that I haven’t found any answer on the forum yet, I am creating a new topic for it.
Even though I have tag this as data-loss, this case is an inbetween. The data is still there… but it “selectively” appears in one device, and not in the other; let me explain…
(I’m writing this in the hopes that anyone might know a solution or point me towards a forum post where this has been discussed in the past, and I just missed it. To the best of my knowledge, I couldn’t find my case in the forum. Thank you for help! )
So recently I bought a new MacBook and given how crucial Obsidian has become as a tool to go through my PhD, priorities first I installed Obsidian ASAP. Let me walk you through the timing of things so that we are on the same page:
- I started using Obsidian a few years ago with my old MacBook Pro (MBP).
- When the iOS App came out I downloaded it to my iPad and migrated my Vault from local storage to iCloud storage as indicated by the official instructions.
- (Roughly) a year since that transition, I bought a new MBP less than a week ago and first things first, I installed obsidian and set up the Vault.
- This is how my Vault path looks like:
Then I launch the Obsidian app in my new MBP aaaand… a whole bunch of files are gone poof.
Don’t panick: Let me launch Obsidian in my old devices:
- iPad: all there
Old MBP: all there
Me to me: OK, don’t give up on life just yet.
So let me exemplify with one entire folder which as gone missing my
- This is my templates folder inside the Obsidian app in my new MBP:
- As you can see, it is just empty. Arrow down, nothing shows.
- Let me show you the same folder from my finder in my new MBP:
- Ok, weird the files seem to still be there. How could this be?
- Let me check what my Terminal has to say about this:
Ahaaa…! So you see, when I
cdto the folder and then
lsits content, nothing appears. But when I
ls -a(third command line) all my files that are shown by finder in the image above get listed.
- And notice something peculiar? Yes, somehow, they’ve all been renamed to contain a “.” before their names, which is making all files invisible to my local Obsidian app in my new device.
- Weird, why is it? Well honestly, no idea. It is already weird enough that this doesn’t seem to matter for my iPad, or old MBP.
Any help would be highly appreciated. I hope we can solve this together, and maybe it is an interesting new problem that the devs should be aware of. If this isn’t new, and I have failed in my task of researching the forum correctly, please forgive me and point me towards the answer…
THANK YOU A LOT