Import followed by sync resulted in all notes being "doubled"

I recently reinstalled my OS. My process for Joplin was as follows:

  • export Joplin
  • reinstall OS
  • Reinstall Joplin
  • Import from previous export
  • re-sync with Dropbox

It is clear that this wasn’t the best way to approach the process as the result is I now have two copies of all my notebooks and notes.

I would appreciate any advice as to the best way to rectify this situation.

Thanks in advance.


Details of my Joplin install on Manjaro linux:

Joplin 1.0.233 (prod, linux)

Client ID: 710cb62bda8a49408749904371c38c3c
Sync Version: 1
Profile Version: 32
Keychain Supported: No

Revision: e63eee8 (master)

@smcoz welcome to the forum.

As I am sure you have gathered you did not need step 3 where you did the import of the data. Joplin treats the import as new notes so when the client was then synced as well you ended up with two of everything: one copy from the backup and another from Dropbox.

Personally I would clear out everything and start again.

The linked post below has a method for doing that. However in your case you have already completed step one. Do not do another JEX backup as that backup will contain two of everything!!

The method is a bit "wordy" just to make things clear. It is not actually quite as complicated as it may look.

Thanks for this - all is now restored and working as expected. I’ve ended up with multiple copies of the “default notes” but that’s easy to fix.