Folder in Dropbox is piling up files...

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Fabio Marzocca

11 Aug, 2017 09:41 AM


I am a registered user of Moneydance on Mac (v. 2017.2). Everything is fine with my sync and I am really happy on how things are gone with this application.

I have just one issue: on Dropbox, in the folder .moneydancesync/d5aa...../v3, everytime I edit my account a noew file is added. CUrrently I have a list of more than 200 files in that folder! Should I leave them there? Will they get deleted sooner or later?



  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Henry on 11 Aug, 2017 01:02 PM

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    Hi Fabio,

    Than you for contacting us.
    When you enable syncing in Moneydance, it creates a unique folder for the currently open data set in a special (hidden) folder.
    Moneydance reads and writes to that folder in such a way that there will never be any conflicts. Filenames are unique and the data is encrypted using your sync key. All changes are recorded in this folder and if any of the changes cause conflicts then they are resolved by checking timestamps that are internal to the file (ie not the file modification date). Those are the files that you see in that folder, they are called .mdtxn files and they are created when there are any changes to your data set. These files should be periodically integrated into the main data file.

    The latest update limits the amount of these files.
    You can upgrade to the latest version 2017.4 of Moneydance from here:

    Infinite Kind Support

  2. 2 Posted by fabio on 11 Aug, 2017 01:26 PM

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    thank you very much. I am going to update!



  3. 3 Posted by Mike V. on 26 Aug, 2017 05:41 PM

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    Henry - what is the limit for the number of .mdtxn files in the current build?

  4. 4 Posted by fabio on 26 Aug, 2017 06:29 PM

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    I have just updated but I am noticing that - still - each time I exit from
    Moneydance, it is adding a new small file....


  5. 5 Posted by dwg on 29 Aug, 2017 11:31 PM

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    That is expected behaviour. The small files added each day represent the updates, changes and new transactions in Moneydance. These files are what are used to replicate the data between systems.

    Over time these transactions should get rolled into the main core file. What is also expected to happen is that at some point of time older transaction files should get purged.

  6. 6 Posted by Mike V. on 02 Oct, 2017 04:13 AM

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    My v3 folder has 303 files going back to Aug 30, 2017. I am using build 1642. Can any of them be deleted?

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