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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Tom_M
Helpful | Level 5

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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Adrien L.
Explorer | Level 4

+1 !

Arne1
Explorer | Level 4

Seriously, why hasn't this been implemented yet? Is none of the DopBox product managers a developer who has the same issues like the users from the previous 61 pages? You would believe that a smaller and flexible company would listen to its users. 

Arthur l.9 New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Maybe They just don't like programmers.

Simple because programmers use too much CPU resource than other user even with a filter list. 

 

 

 

So If programmmer leaves, they are happy.

 

tochikuji
Explorer | Level 3

Even if they didn't like programmers/engineers, such ignoring feature reduces their traffic and computational resources clearly.

Programmers are desiring this (at least we are),  and they may use this correctly as they wish.

 

Anyway, I can't understand why they haven't implemented this yet and won't answer to us at all.

Didn't they notice us? Can you hear me?

Kaboom New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

+1

 

Something like how Tresorit does it.

 

[Ignore] //node_modules
[Ignore] //venv*
[Junk] //desktop.ini
[Junk] //Thumbs.db
[Junk] //.DS_Store

 

There you can just include the above in a ".tresorit/Filters/roaming.filter" file and voila problem solved. No more syncing 50.000+ useless files for every project.

 

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hello all,

 

Just want to update this again to inform that there're currently no plans to implement such feature. There are several workarounds to solve this (for example moving the folder out of your Dropbox folder or using Selective Sync).

 

Thanks everyone for the passion and constant feedback.

 

 

Status changed to: Not for right now
Adrien L.
Explorer | Level 4

Wow.
Well, I'll stop using dropbox then. 

Steve S.86
Explorer | Level 3
"There are several workarounds to solve this" "Condescending" and "untrue" are two of the more polite adjectives that could be used to describe this comment from the castle in the clouds. So, back to trying other solutions....
Jason R. C.
Helpful | Level 6

So disappointing. Workarounds include not using Dropbox or using another cloud service. What a disgrace that a feature so widely and fervently requested would be declined with such an obviously ignorant reply.

 

It would be one thing if there were a technical hurdle preventing implementing this request. But simply declining the request without even acknowledging the use cases that fail to be met is a real kick in the face.

 

Dropbox will probably do just fine without expert users, but I for one will bemoan Dropbox and refer colleagues and friends to other services.

Tom_M
Helpful | Level 5

@Ed Thanks for the reply. Took a little longer than I might have hoped to come to that conclusion. 3.5 years to be exact.

I concur with all other folk that the workarounds are not a practical solution. Workarounds are generally temporary and can be tolerated until there is a real fix. We now know the real fix is not coming. 

I can't deny that Dropbox has me well and truly snared due to the fact that I have so many shared folders with other people, but if I can convince all of them to go elsewhere then I'm sorted.

Thanks to the many thousands of people who supported this proposal. We tried our best.

Tom

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