# [Google Drive] RClone only copies the shortcut, not the actual file

#### What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Files that can't be downloaded normally can't be copied either - copying through server side only copies the shortcut, not the actual file.

v1.56.0

W10, 64-bit

#### The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

rclone -vv copy --drive-server-side-across-configs "GDrive_P:/High Volume Recipe Book - Scott Murray Fitness.pdf" GDrive:/


The problem file is here.

hello,

based on the docs, that is how server-side copy works with shortcuts
https://rclone.org/drive/#shortcuts
"When server-side copying the shortcut is copied, not the contents of the shortcut."

rclone backend copyid gdrive: 1_QG1ISQuvoMA0PXwZm1X8szW1E5CtxRI C:\path\to\local\folder\

I haven't been keeping up to date with RClone, but is there any way to copy/download a similar file? I was under the impression that once copied, the file would be downloadable.

copy failed: failed to open source object: open file failed: googleapi: Error 403: This file cannot be downloaded by the user., cannotDownloadFile
i tried to trick gdrive by trying to print the file as a pdf, but gdrive is not allowing that...