If you are syncing to Dropbox, and have noticed that your journal contains duplicates of some or all entries, please follow these steps.

(Note: The following instructions require downloading some additional software. If you'd prefer to not do that, try our alternative method.)

Mac Instructions

  1. Please follow this link and download DupeGuru (don't worry, it's free) for Mac: http://www.hardcoded.net/dupeguru/
  2. Once downloaded, open the app (you'll likely find it in your Downloads folder). Go to Preferences, and uncheck the box alongside 'Ignore files smaller than'. Note that Day One journal entries tend to be very small in size, and leaving this box checked will likely result in DupeGuru failing to find all duplicate files.
  3. Tap the + icon at the bottom left of the app window; this will open a Finder window. In that window, select Dropbox > Apps > Day One > Journal.dayone. Select Open, then tap Scan.
  4. A new window will pop up, showing all of the files with duplicates. At the top of this window, select Dupes Only. Double check that each file looks something like the following examples:

75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A_(conflicted_copy1).doentry
75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A_(conflicted_copy2).doentry
75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A (1).doentry
75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A (1).jpg
Note that all dupes have a parenthesis at the end of the file name.

  1. In the menubar, select Edit > Mark All. Then, (also in the menubar) select Actions > Move Marked To. Within the new Finder window, create a new folder (somewhere in Documents would be a good spot), and move all the dupes into this folder. Allow time for Dropbox to sync all of these changes.
  2. Delete Day One from any iOS devices that you use with Day One. Reinstall it (see: How Do I Download Day One Classic?) via the App Store. Once reinstalled, go to Day One Setttings > Sync, disable iCloud, and enable Dropbox. Allow all data to sync. If you have more than one iOS device, wait for sync to conclude on the first, and then proceed with this step for each additional iOS device.
  3. Check that all of your entries are there, and that all duplicates are gone. If you find that everything is intact, you may delete the folder from Documents that you created in step 5 above.

Windows Instructions

  1. Please follow this link and download dupeGuru for Windows: http://www.hardcoded.net/dupeguru/
  2. Once downloaded, install the app on your PC (you will find the install file in the folder where you normally save downloads). At the end of the installation, note that the “Launch the app” box is checked; leave that as is, and tap OK.
  3. When the app opens, go to View > Preferences, and uncheck the box alongside 'Ignore files smaller than'. Note that Day One journal entries tend to be very small in size, and leaving this box checked will likely result in DupeGuru failing to find all duplicate files.
  4. Tap the + icon (Add Folder) at the bottom left of the app window. In the new window that opens, select Dropbox > Apps > Day One > Journal.dayone. Select Open, then tap Scan.
  5. A new window will pop up, showing all of the files with duplicates. At the top of this window, select Dupes Only. Double-check that each file looks something like the following examples:75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A_(conflicted_copy1).doentry75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A_(conflicted_copy2).doentry75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A (1).doentry75E0E5850EF047FD97F96AA8E9A1E26A (1).jpgNote that all dupes have a parenthesis at the end of the file name.
  6. In the menubar, select Mark > Mark All. Then, select Action > Move Marked To. Create a new folder (My Documents would be a good spot), and move all the dupes into this folder. Allow time for Dropbox to sync all of these changes.
  7. Delete Day One from any iOS devices that you use with Day One. Reinstall it (see: How Do I Download Day One Classic?) via the iTunes App Store. Once reinstalled, go to Day One Setttings > Sync, disable iCloud, and enable Dropbox. Allow all data to sync. If you have more than one iOS device, wait for sync to conclude on the first, and then proceed with this step for each additional iOS device.
  8. Check that all of your entries are there, and that all duplicates are gone. If you find that everything is intact, you may delete the folder from My Documents that you created in step 6 above.

Alternative Method (Doesn't require downloading extra software):

A. If your computer is a Mac (instructions for Windows PCs follow below):

  1. Open Finder on your Mac.
  2. Type CMD + F.
  3. Click the search dropdown menu, then select "Other..."
  4. Type "Raw," click the "In Menu" checkbox, then click the "OK" button.
  5. Navigate to Dropbox > Apps > Day One.
  6. Right-click journal.dayone, and select Show Package Contents.
  7. Open the entries sub-folder.
  8. Type CMD + F.
  9. Click "Entries" next to "This Mac."
  10. Click the search dropdown menu, then select "Raw Query."
  11. Paste the following into the search field (on the right of "Raw Query"):kMDItemFSName == "*(*"
  12. Tap "enter" (this may or may not be necessary).
  13. Scroll through all the files in the search results, to be sure each filename contains something in parentheses, like this:3842F1AC0B2340B9B045ECAB752CE8CC (1).doentryor this:3842F1AC0B2340B9B045ECAB752CE8CC (John Smith's conflicted copy).doentry
  14. Select all the files in the search results, and delete them, or move them elsewhere (perhaps to a folder in Documents entitled 'DayOneDupes'). After you've moved or deleted the files, they might still appear in the search results. Please tap any other location in the Finder sidebar, then return to the search results. The list should now be empty.
  15. Repeat the above steps to look for duplicate photos, starting in the photos folder in Step 7.  If the photos folder contains duplicates, the files in the search results will be named something like this:3842F1AC0B2340B9B045ECAB752CE8CC (1).jpg
  16. Watch the Dropbox menubar icon, and wait for sync activity to conclude. This may take some time, depending on how many files had been duplicated.
  17. If you have Day One installed on your Mac, open it, and check to confirm that you are no longer seeing duplicate entries.
  18. Delete Day One from your mobile device, but be sure to NOT open it—if you do, the duplication could happen again. Reinstall Day One (see: How Do I Download Day One Classic?), enable Dropbox sync, and keep the app open until sync activity concludes. If you have more than one mobile device, repeat this step for each.

B. If your computer is a PC running Windows:

  1. Open Windows Explorer on your PC.
  2. Navigate to Dropbox > Apps > Day One > journal.dayone.  In the main pane of Windows Explorer, check to be sure you see 'entries' and 'photos' folders.
  3. Paste this text into the search field: name:~"*)*"
  4. Scroll through all the files in the search results, to be sure each filename contains something in parentheses, like this:3842F1AC0B2340B9B045ECAB752CE8CC(1).doentry3842F1AC0B2340B9B045ECAB752CE8CC (John Smith's conflicted copy).doentry3842F1AC0B2340B9B045ECAB752CE8CC (1).jpg
  5. Select all the files in the search results, and delete them, or move them elsewhere (perhaps to a folder in My Documents entitled 'DayOneDupes').
  6. Wait for a period of time, to allow the delete instructions to propagate to Dropbox.
  7. Delete Day One from your mobile device, but be sure to NOT open it -- if you do, the duplication could happen again. Reinstall Day One (see: How Do I Download Day One Classic?); enable Dropbox sync; and keep the app open until sync activity concludes. If you have more than one mobile device, repeat this step for each.
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