Changing linked attachment base directory when I no longer have access to second computer


I was using linked attachment base directory to work from my home and work computers. I now want to change the location of the linked directory and get the following error

'The attached file could not be found at the following path:

It may have been moved or deleted outside of Zotero, or a Linked Attachment Base Directory may be set incorrectly on one of your computers.'

I no longer have access to the other computer as I have left that workplace, is it possible to fix this issue?

  • I now want to change the location of the linked directory and get the following error
    That's not correct. You can change the directory from the preferences whenever you want. This is an error you'd get when actually trying to open an attachment, when either the attachment is set to an absolute path or the linked attachment base directory is set incorrectly on your current computer.

    The point of the Linked Attachment Base Directory is that you set it separately on different computers. It doesn't make sense to say that you can't set it because you no longer have access to another computer where you were using it.

    If you added linked files on another computer where you weren't using it, then any files you added on that computer would be stored with absolute paths, and you wouldn't be able to switch those to relative paths at this point without creating a directory at the same path on this computer and temporarily setting the base directory there to convert those files to relative paths.

    An alternative would be to use the Zutilo plugin to modify attachment paths directly.
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