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SmartSync "online only" files are all downloaded and do not revert back

Explorer | Level 4

Hi all,

I started using SmartSync on my devices and have noticed these unexpected behaviours:

1. when I create "online only" files (ore set "online only" to existing files) they are immediately reverted to "Local". After looking in the documentation, I understood it is due to antivirus that I have to de-activate when uploading/creating files. Bad, but slightly acceptable.

2. VERY ANNOYING: when I open a file, it is marked as "Local" and needs disk space and will never automatically revert back to "Online only" (even with disabled antivirus).

This is critical, because if I have a image gallery as "online only" I cannot watch it "online" but every single image I open is definetely downloaded locally and I have to manually revert each file to "Online only".

 

Is there anything I am missing or is this the correct behaviour?

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Explorer | Level 4

Any advice?

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Rif.: SmartSync "online only" files are all downloaded and do not revert back

Super User II

Hi

Dropbox does not turn files back to Online Only as it does not know when you've finished with them. So, unfortunately, there is no work around (or plans to change it that I'm aware of) that will auto upload files after you've finished with them. You need to do it yourself. You should be able to do it at directory level, however.


 


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Rif.: SmartSync "online only" files are all downloaded and do not revert back

Explorer | Level 4

Thank you Mark for clarification.

So, I think that with these settings the SmartSync feature is completely useless, because I have to manually take care to revert everything everytime.

And if, for any reason, a software would access the "Online only" folder, I will have my hard disk completely full without notice.

This is totally different from what advertised by drobox.

 

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Super User II

Dropbox say the reason they dont auto turn back to online only is they dont know if you are going to use them again tomorrow/ later that day and doing so would delay things. Its also not really a piece of softwares decision to delete data from your devices (which is what would be happening).

In terms of if another application touches the files they download thats the same across all of the programs that do this (iCloud/OneDrive etc.) and thats because they 'update' data within the files (meta data usually) or they want to see the files. Its dead easy to work around though and just tell the programs to ignore Dropbox and for antivirus only scan on opening etc. 


 


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