I am still waiting for a reply to my last reply. Dropbox still gets stuck all the time. Totally stuck. Note: I've tried the spacebar-stuff, and hit both of the "fix" buttons. There's no external symlinks (going outside the Dropbox folder structure). I've tried so many things. I am giving up on Dropbox, but it would be nice to have things working out my paid period, at least!
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Just want to add my story to this thread, as I realized later that this is probably the same problem. https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Files-folders/Stuck-syncing-Syncing-372-files-Uploading-372-files-can-t-sync/td-p/392023 However, In addition to the stuckness mentioned in this thread, I also currently have a message (from 'dropbox status') that says Can't sync "eclipse_update_120.jpg".Do note that the filename changes while it is doing a re-synch, which it evidently needs to do each time I restart Dropbox - but it now ends up on the same file every time.
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I am absolutely dead certain they are not locked. I have used a week on trying to get this crap sorted. I have restarted the box, restarted Dropbox, unlinked, linked, deleted folders, selective-synced.. and much hunting. And I've mentioned that this the file it seemingly is "stuck on", actually changes while the synching processes, until it gets fully stuck. After I excluded from synching the entire folder set that contained the files it complained about previously, the "stuck-ness" just moved to a completely unrelated folder. Also, this is Linux, where "locking" is not an issue as it is with Windows. You can read , delete and even write to files on a Linux fs that other processes have open. NB: The symlinks out-of-Dropbox folder is long gone. That was such a nice feature: the Dropbox folder resides on a spindle, but the git-folders was symlinked to the SSD. However, I am baffled that this is not seen in context with this post that I found afterwards: https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Files-folders/Dropbox-is-stuck-syncing-after-an-update-what-can-I-do/td-p/389422 It is literally exactly the same symptons I am seeing - albeit I have also had on-and-off this message that it is stuck on a specific file. As is explained throughly through 9 pages of posts there, this is seemingly something that happened after a specific update, and some other people have also seen it (as I have) in conjunction with the update that introduced the "feature" whereby links outside the dropbox folder was suddenly screwed over. Other things that I also have witnessed is that it suddenly says that tousands of files needs to be synched, up- or downloaded - and the entire thing moves extremely slow, until it sticks totally (I have a watch on 'dropbox status', and it is still exactly 372 files synching and uploading, with the incredibly unhelpful message "can't sync "eclipse_update_120.jpg""). After having read that post and all its 9 pages of follow ups without any acknowledgement from Dropbox that this is actually an issue, and after a week of lost work trying to solve this, I am also now close to giving up on Dropbox as a whole. This is obviously a bug that affects many, which Dropbox does not acknowledge. Also, how you do not have a better diagnostics and logging system where technically inclined people could get a clue themselves, is beyond me. That the file mentioned by 'dropbox status' is just the filename, and not the full path (as mentioned, I evidently have 119 instances of that file inside the Dropbox folder), is really strange. The big and obvious elephant in the room here is that I've had Dropbox for .. probably 10 years or so, through several setups, many different machines and many different Linux (re)installations. I have never had a problem like this before. Something with Dropbox's recent update have broken something that worked perfectly before!!
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I've now for a week tried to get Dropdox to function again, read the entire internet, and this is really really annoying. $ dropbox status
Syncing 372 files
Uploading 372 files...
Can't sync "eclipse_update_120.jpg" This just stays like this forever. (Oh how I would have loved to have a proper log somewhere of what Dropbox is trying to do. This "error message" is way to little information to both debug stuff myself, or to search Google for. Not even the full path is present..) It has changed which file is the problem many times. I've now selective-sync'ed away the folders that had the previous files it complained about (my git folders), but then it just changed to a different folder. This file here is present in very many directories - evidently it is present in a standard JDK distribution, as well as multiple places with any eclipse-distribution, so I evidently have this particular file 119 times in my "Java" folder. However, what I have experienced previously, is that even deleting the file doesn't help. Thus I selective-synced away the entire set of git folders. And the problem just "moved". This problem appeared when I reinstalled my Ubuntu machine, to 18.04.3LTS. I kept the "datadisk" where Dropbox resides. Everything looked like it would work fine, as it has done several times before. Then this sticking happened. With that extremely annoying "can't sync "filename"" message. Might be of some interest that I got heavily bitten by the "links to outside the Dropbox" folder isse, that evidently changed under my feet "mid 2019". I used this to keep the entire Dropbox folder on a spindle-disk, except for my git folders which resided on an SSD with a link out from the dropbox folder. I did not know about this new "feature" until I reinstalled the machine, and I am certain that my previous installation handled this link just fine (I use it to move between two machines, having these code folders shared (without having to commit work in progress all the time), which have worked amazingly well until now. Note: the links are long gone, and now also the entire git folders are selectively-synced away.. This is certainly going downhill.
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