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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Please please please can you add a feature that allows folders to be excluded from the Dropbox account (on windows and mac). For sure I'm not the first person to request this, but I'm yet to find a good explanation of why it's not there. A quick google search reveals loads of people also looking for the same feature. I really like the workflow I have with dropbox, but it's getting to the point where I might switch providers in order to allow better selective sync.

I've seen hackish solutions using selective sync, but it would be great if this could be done in one of the following ways:
- global pattern matching eg "node_modules"
- a marker file in the directory like .dropboxignore
- a simple right click context menu "Ignore this folder"

Other than that, keep up the good work. Cheers.
Tom

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Ha! This is a great workaround which I tested and works for the time being (aalthough it requires manually selecting the folder to unsync etc...) . http://www.dropboxwiki.com/tips-and-tricks/exclude-folders-from-syncing

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Three years passed. Nothing changed.

Level 3

This is so sad...

Level 2

I've been following this thread for years as well - today was the final straw.

 

Hello, sync.com.  Oh, you have an ignore file that Just Works, you're cheaper than dropbox, and you're not subject to the Patriot Act?

 

I'm clearly late to the game.  Bye, Dropbox.

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The way I see it this is a feature that doen't really make much bussines sense to Dropbox, they'd prefer us to use DB as inefficiently as posible, so we are forced to use premium.

just use bitbucket for coding and google cloud storage for backups. I'm just about done with DB.

 

otherwise +1

 

J.

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+1
Level 2

This is really a killer feature if this one was implemented ! slightly smiling face

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Like others, I also feel the wait for this is silly.

 

I have just signed up for a free Sync.com account and will give that a try for at least a couple of weeks and see if it is worth switching over permenantly.

 

Would rather stick with what I've got but it's ridiculous that this feature request doesn't appear to have even been acknowledged by DB.

 

slightly frowning face

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I'd pay for this feature.

 

Too bad that Dropbox doesn't have it. Sync looks good. Oh well, bye bye Dropbox, it was a nice 7 years. Unfortunately like this it is unusable for me as I can not use it to backup / sync my projects which is the only thing I use it for.

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+1