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Dropbox client warns me that it'll stop syncing in Nov, why?

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

hi,

i've been using dropbox on linux on btrfs for years (since 2016), and i NEVER had any syncing issues whatsoever.

btrfs is being used more and more, and it's very sad to see Dropbox willing to drop support for btrfs.

i use dropbox daily to sync all my notes and personal files, and since i use linux for work, i can't live without any of these tools.

i agree with @deekej, i am not going to reformat my hard drives and reinstall all my systems just because of that issue.

 

i would have understood dropping the support if a lot of users had syncing issues, but i haven't seen a lot of complaing relating to the syncing issues because of the filesystem.

 

i hope that dropbox will do the right thing, and not keep support only for ext4. that would be a very dumb decision.

 

-phil

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

Hi.

I agree with the coments made above: BTRFS is a perfectly reasonable choice for a GNU/Linux system, that many of us use for various reasons. If, going forward, the choice is between Dropbox and BTRFS, then I for one will not be re-formatting my systems.

The going has been good, and I have been very satisfied so far with the service. Kudos! But this just may be the time to seek alternatives (probably Owncloud in my case).

Cheers,

-Alan

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

Especially since Linux Mint 19 (the latest version of the most popular form of Linux) now includes Timeshift which works better with BTRFS than Ext4. I am actually in the process of rebuilding my Linux Mint PCs to use BTRFS from Ext4.
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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

I *am* using ext4 (with encryption for my home mount) and it still gives that message. How do I tell which machine is causing the problem?

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

I'm running LUKS/ecryptfs on top of ext4 as is mandated by a corporate security policy for portable devices - which I have been using for many years.

 

This has gotta be a fairly common setup but is no longer supported ???

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

Yeah I think that's my setup too, isn't it a Ubuntu installation default??

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

I am using ext4 partition for my home folder, which is encrypted by default in Ubuntu, and still get this message. Does dropbox as a company wants me to move my sync folder to unencrypted space to compromise security of my data? Is this for real? Very disappointing.

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

I do use Ext4, yet received this message. What the hell?

 

EDIT: like commenter above, I use encrypted Ext4 (ecryptfs home folder on one machine, the more recent thing on others). You should support that and I will quit Dropbox if you don't.

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

Adding my voice to the chorus here - this is unacceptable to me. I'm on XFS (which btw, is the default on RHEL and derivatives and fully supports xattrs). I've been a Dropbox user since 2008 and this is the first major issue I've had with it... but I will absolutely stop using the service if it doesn't support common, modern and supported filesystems for some arbitrary reason that makes no technical sense.

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Re: Desktop app notification: Move dropbox location dropbox stops synchronizing in November

Hi,
I do share the average opinion here.
Please, Dropbox, change your mind.

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