Renamed or deleted folders are recreated

I’m reposting this here from the iOS app thread, since there was no answer and the problem occurs with the Windows desktop client as well.

I’m administering a self-hosted ownCloud instance (server details below) with about 10 users.
All of these users operate on a shared folder, owned by one of them.

They notified several times the following unwanted behavior:

  • sometimes, after one of them has renamed or deleted a sub-folder inside the shared one, this folder reappears either duplicated with the original name or as a new upload (if previously deleted).
    The activity log shows the duplicated / re-uploaded folder as created by another user via either the desktop Windows client or the iOS app.

I’ve checked on the server’s filesystem and the folder is indeed physically present on disk (so it shouldn’t just be a database-related bug).

This seems to happen when the client or the app are synced, although it appears to be somewhat random.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Rename or delete a folder within a shared superior folder
  2. Another user syncs the iOS app or the desktop client (not clear if related to virtual files in this case).

Expected behaviour

When renaming or deleting a folder, the clients should see that it has been changed / removed when syncing.

Actual behaviour

When the other user syncs, the folder is recreated / re-uploaded with the original name.

Server configuration

Web server:

Apache 2.4.41 on Ubuntu 20.04


MariaDB 15.1 dist 10.3.31 (this happened with MySQL 8.0 as well)

PHP version:


ownCloud version:

Storage backend (external storage):


Client configuration

Client version:

2.9.0 (build 5150)

Operating system:

Windows 10 Pro 21H1

OS language:



Nothing relevant seems to be found in the server logs.
The client log isn’t available.

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