I have a Mycloud Single Drive 8 GB (hw 2.30.196) where I have located my dropbox folder. Now dropbox informs that they will stop synchronising my dropbox it I don´t upgrade my file system or change the location of the folder. The file system needs to support extended attributes. Mycloud is running on linux ext4, but according to your info, this is a supported filesystem. Why am I then getting the message to change location of my dropbox folder?
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I'm running the desktop application on Ubuntu, and this morning I got in Swedish the attached notification by the app, in English the message is as in the topic.
I can't find anything about this either on the official Help pages, here on the forums, or on the web.
The notification don't provide any additional details either.
Anyone who knows what this is about?
On my machine I'm running the BTRFS file system where the dropbox folder is stored - BTRFS is the standard default file system for ubuntu system partitions and supports the mentioned X-attrs attributes. On top of BTRFS there's an encryption layer running, ecryptfs, which also is Ubuntu default if home folder encryption is activated.
Will the new desktop client solely run on ext4, or will it check for if the file system where the dropbox folder is stored supports extended attributes?
I'm sorry, but this is NOT acceptable! Is Dropbox trying to get rid of the users from Linux community completely? There have been many bad decisions in the past, and this just top of the iceberg...
Why the f*ck only EXT4 is suddenly supported on Linux? Just because of extended attributes? That's a lot of horse BS:
"In Linux, the ext2, ext3, ext4, JFS, Squashfs, Yaffs2, ReiserFS, Reiser4, XFS, Btrfs, OrangeFS, Lustre, OCFS2 1.6 and F2FS filesystems support extended attributes (abbreviated xattr) when enabled in the kernel configuration"
Yes, I'm running LUKS encryption on top of my BTRFS partition, where I have my Dropbox folder. And I still don't see a valid and a proper reason why this configuration shouldn't work.
I'm definitely not gonna re-format my whole Linux just because of Dropbox - there are reasons why I'm on BTRFS. I'd like to hear some proper engineering explanation why suddenly xattr is required now and why only ext4 is supported. Because I really don't think there's any. This just seems like a lot of product/marketing crap. There are reasons why VFS exists in Linux...
From the xattr(7) man page:
In the Btrfs, XFS, and Reiserfs filesystem implementations, there is no practical limit on the number of extended attributes associated with a file, and the algorithms used to store extended attribute information on disk are scalable.
i've been using dropbox on linux on btrfs for years (since 2016), and i NEVER had any syncing issues whatsoever.
btrfs is being used more and more, and it's very sad to see Dropbox willing to drop support for btrfs.
i use dropbox daily to sync all my notes and personal files, and since i use linux for work, i can't live without any of these tools.
i agree with @deekej, i am not going to reformat my hard drives and reinstall all my systems just because of that issue.
i would have understood dropping the support if a lot of users had syncing issues, but i haven't seen a lot of complaing relating to the syncing issues because of the filesystem.
i hope that dropbox will do the right thing, and not keep support only for ext4. that would be a very dumb decision.
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