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8/22/11
Original Poster
jmcqueen

Unsharing a collection doesn't unshare the items within it

I have shared a large collection which holds hundreds of sub-collections and thousands of files. 

Because it is confusing to the person with whom I shared it, I want to unshare the collection. 

When I unshare the collection, it only unshares the highest level - it doesn't unshare the hundreds of sub-collections or thousands of files. I have to go into every sub-collection and unshare all files within each. This will take hours. 


Browser & Operating System: Chrome, Vista
This happens with my personal account. I have not tested it with my business account. 




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Bas Braams
8/22/11
Bas Braams
I cannot reproduce this. I have a free gmail-based account and am sharing with my alter ego, also on a free gmail-based account. I create a tree-like file structure: top-level collection, some sub-collections, some sub-files, share them with my alter ego, confirm that the share is in place for all the items in the tree, then I unshare the top-level collection, and I observe that everything beneath it is also unshared.

Maybe things are different if the subcollections are also in other collections or if the recipient of the share has reorganized things somehow. It would be useful to have instructions about reproducing the report.
8/23/11
Original Poster
jmcqueen
I have made a few more tests, and found that if I share a small collection, the results are the same as yours. I can reproduce the problem in the very large collection and I have discovered that it did finally work, but it took somewhere between 3-10 hours to become unshared. 
Gill
8/23/11
Gill
<<...but it took somewhere between 3-10 hours to become unshared. >> interesting - thank you for that, jmcqueen. 
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