I am trying to use Dropbox to sync files between three machines:
However, I am having issues where the desktop and headless client takes a while (10+ minutes) to sync updates made by the Android app. This can cause issues with conflicting changes sometimes.
For example, I will change a file using the app and manually sync with Dropbox. At that point, I can visit the Dropbox website, see the file has been updated and even download the latest changes. However, the desktop/headless clients will claim to be "up to date" and take 10+ minutes to sync the changes. If I want to get the changes faster, I have to kill the Dropbox client and start it again.
On the other hand, if I make a change to the file on my desktop, it will sync to my laptop in around 5 seconds.
Here is an image that shows the updated file on the Dropbox website, but not the Windows desktop client.
Is there any reason there would be such a significant delay to sync changes made by an app?
The app has a button to perform a sync,which basically just uploads the new file to Dropbox). The app does not have any kind of auto-syncing functionality with Dropbox.
I plan on contacting the developers if I can't get any solution here. However, I have the feeling they may say it is not the app problem since the changes are immediately reflected on the Dropbox website (indicating that their app synced the file).
To be clear, the only delay in the sync process is between the Dropbox servers and my desktop/laptop clients. I can make a change in the app, and immediately go to Dropbox.com and view the new changes (and see the update in the version history). The desktop/laptop clients are taking a while to pick up those new changes.
No limits on bandwidth, and on a reliable gigabit connection. If it was a connection problem I would have expected a delay in sync between my desktop and laptop as well.
The file is just a single text file only about 2 kBs.
The problem seems to be intermitent as last night any changes on my phone would reflect within 5 seconds on my desktop and laptop. However, tonight I am running into the same issue. The desktop/laptop clients are slow to pick up new changes from the phone. But absolutely no problems with changes made from the desktop/laptop. I have also turned off LAN sync to ensure that is not affecting this.
The delay is also variable, sometimes it will sync the new changes in around 2 minutes, othertimes I have seen it take 20 minutes.
The interesting thing is that if I stop/start the Dropbox app on my desktop, the new files are downloaded. At that point, the laptop immediately syncs the changes as well.
This version (v114.4.426) has an issue. Prior to this version an update applied to Dropbox in the clould would show right away or within seconds but no longer. Taking very long like 5 min to show the update and longer to show in file explorer. Help this is a key feature and I need this to work.
Some more details - Upon a update to Dropbox it is taking 1 min to show in the window dropbox tray Recent Screen and the file explorer where the update should show is not showing at all so it seems that the local windows gets the sync (after a long 60 seconds) but does not make the update available on the directory under the dropbox folder. Help!
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