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An option to add a time delay to syncing.

An option to add a time delay to syncing.

New member | Level 1

Hello!
It came to mind today that it might be interesting to allow for a short delay between the moment a file is added and the moment it starts synchronizing with the servers. I often find myself, for example, unzipping a complete archive into a folder but only wanting to access part of the contents, so I delete the unwanted files but dropbox has already started trying to sync them. It would help to avoid a certain amount of unnecessary network transactions. Perhaps the gain would be negligible though.

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Thanks for this feedback! I'll pass it onto the product team, very interesting!

New member | Level 1

My request is similar. I use Quicken software. When it backs up, it temporarily closes its own file, copies the file to the backup folder, and reopens. Dropbox sees that the file is closed and then locks the file as it syncs. This immediate action causes Quicken to then fail. I would like to identify a folder whose contents are synced at a timing of my own choosing. Wait so many seconds before synching.

New member | Level 1

Me too. Some times when busy working with files and I realize dropbox tries to sync files too frequently than necessary. I would suggest it setup a default delay time (for example, 60 seconds) since the file is added or modified. 

New member | Level 1

Came across this thread looking for a solution to the exact same issue Daniel is having.

Would be great to specify a delay in backing up or syncing on individual files, or just folders if individual files is too much...

 

EDIT: I just realized I can fairly easily pause syncing, take my Quicken backup, then resume syncing.  Kind of cumbersome, but something to keep in mind Daniel.   A much better solution would still be if we could set a delay time in syncing in dropbox.

New member | Level 1

Good point Mike R. I agree that manually pausing, processing the backup, and then resuming Dropbox is a cumbersome, but doable solution. I concluded that with a copy in the cloud, using the Quicken backup process is not as "required" since it is a solution for a non-cloud environment. Having said that, I still prefer multiple copies in case a file becomes corrupt.  Reading again the original post, I unzip files to a temporary folder and them move what I need/want to Dropbox. I am trying to determine how many times I might want to delay syncing, and I am drawing a blank on other applications. However, having the ability to delay syncing on folders or files would still be a nice feature.

New member | Level 1

+1 for this request.

Ransomware are spreading rapidly. It would be nice to add a delay to sync. If I run a ransomware accidentaly I don't want encrypted files to syncronize.

 

New member | Level 1

+1 too !

When rendering png sequences in After Effects, for instance, Dropbox, trying to sync these files as they are being created, can cause the render to fail. So I find myself having to pause sync before starting to render (and having to remember to turn it back on afterwards ^^)...

A short delay of just a few seconds after files are written would probably solve that issue entirely.

New member | Level 1

Add me to the list of those wanting a delayed sync feature.

I use Inno Setup for installer creation with some software projects. All my source files are stored on Dropbox, but Inno frequently errors due to DropBox locking files Inno creates during its compilation process. Pausing sync, solves this 100% of the time, but leaves me vulnerable, should I forget to start syncing again.

New member | Level 1

I second that request!

I use DropBox to backup my Unity projects and development build (lots of small files). After i make a new build DropBox immediately starts to sync all those files causing high CPU load. And I usually need that CPU to build the project in XCode.

I could save the CPU by setting Dropbox to sync after say 10-15 minutes form the time the file was created.

Helpful | Level 5

I think this has been asked before on the forum, and I think other people must have the same issue, but if there is an answer then apologies for the repeat and please direct me to the answer!

 

There has been a few times now that the fact that Dropbox locks all new files as soon as creation as possible to sync causes more problems than it solves, and adding a delay - even of 20 seconds would help a great deal.  The problems I have include

 

- I use dropbox on my web server to keep all important files safe, but one of the folders is a set of data files created by a website.  When the website recreates these files, it must create and then move the file - but dropbox locks the file and the move fails, this all happens in a second but the process fails and i've had to move the files out of dropbox to stop the website failing.

 

- My email is in dropbox and yet again it creates/moves files when making changes and dropbox locking the files seems to cause problems.  I have 10s of old files in the folders which the email client (Thunderbird) has created but must have not been able to delete correctly.

 

- Small annoyance, but when I copy/paste a group of files (when doing invoicing), I go to rename the files to renumber and the folder refreshes due (I think) to the sync.  This reorders the files which makes the renaming a bit more prone to errors as rather than the new files being at the bottom of the list, they are resorted back into the original list.

 

Seems to me, that being able to delay that sync by a configurable amount would help me out with these issues and a google search shows some other people having similar issues which other applications.

 

Any help appreciated!

Tony

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