Mendeley import didn't attach all pdfs

I completed a local Mendely import, but Zotero didn't attach the pdfs for some 100 references, even though I had them locally.
  • edited 13 days ago
    What you had locally is irrelevant — the import is from your online Mendeley library, which includes no information on local file links. For files to be importable, they need to have been uploaded to the Mendeley servers, such that you can open them from your online Mendeley library.

    (Zotero tracks file paths and makes them available via syncing in a much more reliable way. It's quite common for new Mendeley installations to lose links to files for this same reason.)
  • This was an import from the local Mendeley database. All my previous online imports had failed.
  • Failed how?

    A Mendeley Desktop 1.18 database? We'd probably need to see a copy of the .sqlite file to tell you more. If you don't mind sharing it, you can ZIP it and send it (or a link to it) to with a link to this thread.

    But it'd be better to debug the problems you were having with the online importer. The local option isn't even shown in the import dialog anymore.
  • Recall I had a problem with a corrupt pdf that cause pdfinfo to hang. After fixing that file, I decided to import the local Mendeley 1.18 database. In Zotero version 5.0.97-beta.33+fdcd4e51c I can import a local Mendeley database by going to File > Import > A file > and selecting the sqlite Mendeley database.

    I deleted all Mendeley traces (good riddance), but I can go at it again tomorrow.
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