Hey @jega, I understand that you’d like to automate this process, however this inquiry pertains to setting other parameters, independently from Dropbox, so I’ll just leave this question open to our Community of users; maybe someone could offer their insight on how you’d best go about on this request.
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No, I simply need to stop syncing without fiddling manually with icon in tray. It may be just stopping syncing or (worse) stopping Dropbox (application), so after issuing such a command I should be sure, that Dropbox would not change the files until I start it again i.e. during the backup process.
Most applications can be started and stopped from command line, probably Dropbox too.
For almost full control over the application, if that's very important for you, switch to Linux (only few actions are still restricted to GUI interface - move the Dropbox dir in fact). Many companies do that! You can use independent data server machine, running Linux or just virtual one, depending on what you really need.
Using taskkill could be dangerous! Even very unlikely, active sync process could be stopped while in action, which could lead to troubles - disturbed data.
Thank you, but I'm afraid it is too complicated for me. After all I need just stop the sync for a short time once a day to be shure that the backup image (inluding Dropbox folder) is consistent. I use Windows 10 and thugh I'm not happy with this there is many reason to keep it like this.
As to risk with killing the process I think it is about same as closing the system, isn't it? I can close system at any time and Dropbox must be prepared for such a situation, right? So I think I can give it a try and see what's going on.
On the other hand maybe I don't need to stop anythig?
Actually it's not like a system close! System close is process and system message is send to every one application which gives the opportunity the applications closing properly. 'taskkill' stops (pause or kill) particular process. If at that moment there are incomplete operation (for example buffered, but not saved still content), data could be left in inconsistent state and accordingly inconsistent backup.
What You really need? That's only on your opinion. Generally, if at the backup creation moment there is not any chance something to be in sync progress (ensured somehow), no stop is really need.
About 'too complicated': It's not so complicated really. The installation could be virtual, as noted above, and You don't have to change your current installation (except virtual machine install of your choice - QEMU, VirtualBox, VMware, ...).
The choice is yours!
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