Startup error: "Unix error 2 during operation move on file" for zotero.sqlite

This discussion was created from comments split from: Zotero beta keeps crashing on Mac.
  • I might have a similar issue - I can't use Zotero at all after downloading it. This is the error message I have:
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    There was an error starting Zotero.

    You can report this problem in the Zotero Forums.

    Unix error 2 during operation move on file /Users/Zotero/zotero.sqlite (No such file or directory)
    (No stack trace)
    From previous event:
    ZoteroService@file:///Applications/Zotero.app/Contents/Resources/components/zotero-service.js:352:7
    @chrome://zotero/content/include.js:4:14

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    ps 1 - It has happened before I upgraded to Monterey and the problem persists even I'm using the new OS now.

    ps 2 - I do use an external monitor.
  • (Please start new threads for new issues unless you're 100% sure it's related — the thread you posted to is for a totally different issue. I've moved this to a new thread.)
    /Users/Zotero/zotero.sqlite (No such file or directory)
    Did you delete your username from this path? The default Zotero data directory is /Users/[username]/Zotero, and I assume that's what you meant.

    The most likely cause of this would be a permissions problem in your Zotero data directory, though that usually would be a different error.

    Have you used Zotero previously on this computer?

    Is there a "Zotero" folder in your home folder, and is there a zotero.sqlite file within it? If so, what's its modification date?
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