cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Announcements
Back again with another edition of 'How we use Dropbox', so find out how Ross uses Dropbox to answer some new house questions here!

Dropbox ideas

Got an idea for Dropbox? We want to hear it. Our team will review the top voted ideas, so share them here!

cancel
Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

.dropboxignore

.dropboxignore

MagesticStumblingBear
Explorer | Level 4

The following idea have already been suggested in the post below :

https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Dropbox-ideas/Ignore-folder-without-selective-sync/idi-p/5926

However, it hasn't been implemented because the author suggested other solutions that doesn't solve my problem.

 

TL;DR : I would like to have a list of pattern that dropbox sync will ignore, no matter what.

 

Context : I like the idea of having my file backed up without even thinking about it using dropbox. However, during my work, I frequently create, edit and/or delete files/folders during automatic procedures and dropbox oftenly make these procedures fail by opening these files/folder in blocking mode.

 

Idea : Mimic the .gitignore method to add a list of pattern to exclude from sync anytime, so files/folders that are dynamically created doesn't get busy from dropbox sync procedure and some dropbox server & storage load could be saved this way (it's a win-win situation).

 

I'm aware dropbox already implement a static ignore list using selective sync or rightclick -> online, but  1. this doesn't solve the issue for dynamically generated files/folders ; 2. this is way to much a hassle when you have a lot of them/ add a new one ; 3. At my current knowledge, this doesn't work for files.

 

2 Comments
ZAGG
Helpful | Level 6

The number of "file/folder in use" errors I get is absurd. I am at the point where I just turn of Dropbox entirely if I want to actually do any work.

 

Dropbox needs to allow file extensions to be excluded from sync, they need to allow certain files and subfolders to be excluded from sync. There needs to be an option to "only sync files greater than XXX minutes old" so my entire dropbox isn't filled with temp files that only ever existed for a few milliseconds.

 

Never try and do any 3D simulations with files in a dropbox folder, never render any video with files in Dropbox, never render 3d models with files in dropbox, never edit music with files in dropbox. All of these automated, time & computationally intensive processes with be stopped dead in their tracks by Dropbox.

MagesticStumblingBear
Explorer | Level 4

Hi Zagg,

You suggestion : "only sync files greater than XXX minutes old" is really interesting as well.

I hope some dropbox executives end up reading this post eventually, these features would be a great addition to dropbox.

Vote for this idea

Like this idea? Vote for it and we will give it the attention it deserves!

5 votes received Status: New