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Can I suggest a feature with the desktop finder integration on OSX - right click on a directory and have an option to remove the folder from the local dropbox store (but keep it in the cloud). At the present time, if I want to remove a folder from local dropbox, I have to enter the plugin, navigate to the selective sync settings and go from there. It's a bit long-winded when it would be real easy to put this in as a right-click option from the finder integration. Would that be possible?

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Super User
Super User

@edwar64896

 

What you are looking for is available in advanced packages offered by Dropbox, its called Smart Sync. 

 

More information here, https://www.dropbox.com/smartsync

 

Plan comparisons here, https://www.dropbox.com/individual/plans-comparison

 

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Shaun S.10
Level 6

I agree that having SFTP to access dropbox would be extremely helpful. SFTP is much faster at uploading files than dropbox (for initial uploading). I am experiencing first hand the delay in the sync and unsync option that dropbox provides when uploading large amounts of data. I am much more prone to reaching the 300,000 file limit count first than maxing out my HDD during syncing. When I add 50GB to dropbox it syncs and when it is done I use selective sync to make the data disappear from the local hard drive so I can have more room to add in more data to start the process again and again. I am adding daat from external hardd drives at the moment. The time after I choose unsync for selective sync adds more time that SFTP doesn't have to do becasue SFTP will upload the files with no need to sync.

Super User II
Super User II
having SFTP to access dropbox would be extremely helpful.
Dropbox has stated in the past that they will never support FTP/SFTP file transfers. There's a lot more that happens during a sync process than just a simple file transfer. Files are stored differently on the Dropbox servers, and it's the Dropbox client that prepares them. They're split into 4MB chunks, hashed, compressed and encrypted, THEN they're stored on the servers. FTP wouldn't cut it.
Shaun S.10
Level 6

I can see now why the ftp is not preferred by Dropbox. Rich. Thank you. Much is to be learned by the facts for which you stated Dropbox uses. Quite interesting indeed. 

David P.18 Level 2
Level 2

How do you hit the vote option BTW??