I have a Macbook Pro M1 Pro and downloaded Google Stream App.
I also have a Windows 10 Computer with the downloaded Google Stream App.
I add a file (123.docx) through my Macbook > Google Drive > Cryptomator.
I then see it sync’d up (stream) to my Google Drive encrypted.
I go to my windows computer and decrypt my Cryptomator and I see the 123.docx file.
When I make a change in the 123.docx document on my Mac computer, then wait for it to sync, then I go to my windows computer, the windows computer does not show the change.
So I tried playing around and adding NEW documents/files to both Mac and Windows and noted that adding new files on either system shows up for the other system, but deleting/updating from mac does not show up on windows. But adding/deleting/updating from windows does show the change for my mac.
What is going on here?
Update: I also use MacFuse 4.4.1 if that makes any difference.
Update2: I also tried a docx file unencrypted from mac and windows side and made changes to the content successfully on both places without renaming the document and I can see both changes. So It is something to do with cryptomator
It appears that only Copy 18 and the copyzz are the only ones that made the full transfer successfully. All the others are corrupted in the windows explorer (and therefore also from google drive > cryptomator)? But when I open it in mac, it works fine.
This is the same situation for whatever file type, docx, xlsx, zip, pptx. I’m trying to play around recently and nothing seems to be working smoothly.
I have to say that it has to be a syncing issue, but I think I’ve troubleshoot it where I know it is something related to Cryptomator, but I do not know how to fix it.
When I use the word “change”, it is meant as changes made within the content of the document. In this case, it is with Microsoft Excel in one of the cells.
Scenario A (Testing Unencrypted Google Drive)
Add Book1.xlsx in Windows through Google Drive for Desktop
See Book1.xlsx in Mac through Google Drive for Desktop
Made change in Book 1.xlsx in Mac through Google Drive for Desktop
See changes in Book 1.xlsx in Windows through Google Drive for Desktop
Made change in Book1.xlsx in Windows through Google Drive for Desktop
See changes in Book1.xlsx in Mac through Google Drive for Desktop
Scenario A shows that any changes made in either Windows or Mac has the changes reflected within a few seconds of each other. I did not interact with drive.google.com. This means that the unencrypted (not using Cryptomator) syncing on both Windows and Mac using Google Drive for Desktop is not an issue.
Scenario B (Testing Cryptomator and Google Drive for Desktop)
Add Book1 copy 2.xlsx in Windows through Google Drive for Desktop
See Book1 copy 2.xlsx in Mac through Google Drive for Desktop
Made change in Book 1 copy 2.xlsx in Mac through Google Drive for Desktop
Changes are NOT seen in Book 1 copy 2.xlsx in Windows through Google Drive for Desktop
Made change in Book1 copy 2.xlsx in Windows through Google Drive for Desktop
5a, Despite the changes already made in Mac, I made a different change through Windows
See changes in Book1 copy 2 (1).xlsx in Mac through Google Drive for Desktop, but only the changes made in the Windows excel version.
The above shows the many file name changes even with MacFuse on, but I believe we are dealing with two issues here. [EDIT: Nevermind, I just went into the Cryptomator Settings and it was set to WebDAV, I’ve changed it to FUSE now]
Scenario B shows that there is something wrong with syncing while using Cryptomator on Mac side, but not on the Windows side.
Any suggestions on what I should do? Before attempting Scenario B, I uninstalled Google Drive and did a fresh restart, download, and test to see if this fixes things.
@Tricycle7754 Is your Google Drive on the Mac already migrated to using the new Apple Fileprovider API (you see “Folder location is controlled by macOS.” in the Drive preferences)?
Since my Google Drive was migrated with the latest OS update, I see similar behaviour (files written through Cryptomator not getting synced).
copy file into Cryptomator vault → it’s written locally, but either not synced at all or with 0 size
copy file directly to Google Drive → it’s synced without issues
locate the encrypted file and “duplicate” it in the Finder → copy is synched without issues
My current working assumption is that there’s some kind of incompatibility between writes via MacFuse and the Apple Fileprovider stuff (everything worked just fine with the “native” Google Drive sync).
Yes, my Mac is migrated to the Apple Fileprovider API (i.e. Folder location is controlled by macOS).
Since a few weeks ago, I decided to just use Cyberduck instead of accessing my files through Cryptomator. Since I jump between my Windows and Mac, ensuring that I have the files sync’d is more important than the UI at this point.
I don’t know if it is the MacFuse and Apple Fileprovider incompatibility, but for stability, I’ve seen no apparent issues using Cyberduck on the Mac side and using regular Cryptomator on the Windows.
New observation… When I start copying the file, the encrypted equivalent shows up as “Upload pending” in the Google Drive status applet. Then before the actual copying starts Google Drive / Apple Fileprovider seems to determine that the file is ready for upload and uploads an nearly empty shell. The Google Drive file id get not propagated back into the “xattrs” of the encrypted file.
Cryptomator creates/then updates/recreates file and while doing that somehow overwrites/resets the Apple Fileprovider extended attributes?