With the prior behaviour it was possible to move the user's documents folder into dropbox and back things up transparently so that you didn't have to move files around from where most software naturally tries to save/find them, using the workaround described to make exceptions for things like auto-generated or device-specific data files (game files, R-studio workspaces, R libraries, Adobe editions, etc). Those grey-minus workarounds are not possible with the new behaviour, making dropbox much less versitile. This is a problem for many of us who came to rely on that versitility, even if dropbox (and it's forum staff/helpers) didn't realise that was how it was being used.
Definitely not "Solved" Confusing too is that my system never had a problem accomplishing the selective sync "trick" I can do it at will and DB ignores the file and puts the checkbox there. Hope you guys find a solution......
It's very ease to reproduce. I have a test folder with two folders, one that should be synced and one that should be ignored (that I only want locally, not in the cloud):
Then I deselect "Should be ignored" in selective sync:
The folder is then deleted locally. When I try to create the same folder again, it's instantly moved to the root folder of Dropbox and then synced with the cloud:
I don't understand why this happens. It's clearly a bug in Dropbox that should be fixed.
In the meantime I have found a workaround by altering the user permissions of the folder that should be ignored. Be denying Dropbox to write properties of the folder, it won't be moved and will just be ignored. However, this works only in Windows, not on a Mac.
Is there a better way to prevent this behaviour or is the Dropbox team already working on a bug fix?
Hey all, just have a little update for you!
We're working on a feature to allow you to ignore local folders from syncing with your Dropbox account.
This is currently in beta, so while this isn't available to all users at the moment, we're working very hard to roll this out to more in the future.
The new feature would remove the need for you to use the Selective Sync work around that you're currently using. You can check out some more info from our new Help Center article here, along with the steps to use this.
Let me know if you have any questions about this - thanks!
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Wow... @Daphne, Congratulations!
It was dead time. Fine as a beginning, I understand that convenient graphical tool will follow next, but still could be added some improvement as idea. Imagine if you have lot of files to ignore in different places in some big project!!... nightmare!!! In such a situation a template for mapping such files or some regular expression support would be very helpful (type ones something and all matching files/folders get affected).
Hope this will improve the feature.
PS: Don't rely only on attributes, but also on settings - would be much more automated.
Wow, this is exactly what I was hoping for! I'm so happy that it is available, you just have to be comfortable with the command line - which I am.
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