I recently moved several of my EagleFiler libraries onto Dropbox. As discussed in the EF manual, this should work although it warns “make sure sync on Dropbox has finished….”
Then I turned on “Smart Sync” in Dropbox. This is supposed to delete rarely used files from your hard drive, saving considerable space. This would be just what i need - I have large EagleFiler databases that I use only a few files at a time from.
Now, however, Dropbox seems to be going crazy with syncing files that have not changed. Meanwhile, EagleFiler is trying to reindex my whole database every time I start it up.
Dropbox is apparently syncing all the Notes files in my database. Stored in the folder called Notes, with names like 6578.rtf. Dropbox tells me they have just been edited, which is nonsense.
It is also syncing folder with names like 171 which DB says were just created. Dropbox appears to be creating these folder for some reason related to syncing. See attached screen snap for the file path.
I wonder if each program is signaling “this file has changed” to the other program. That is, EF somehow is flagging files that they have been edited, so Dropbox uploads them from my Mac to the DB server. EVERY time. Then for some reason EF decides the file has been altered, and re-indexes it. Indexing takes days, and appears to re-start at the beginning every day or so. Then Dropbox decides the file has changed, and re-uploads it. An endless loop.
For now, I am trying to turn OFF Smart Sync, which is a shame.
Has anyone gotten Smart Sync to work with an EagleFiler data base in dropbox?
Warning: Dropbox documentation has a funny use of “download” and “upload”, basically backwards. See https://c-command.com/forums/showthread.php/5358-Use-in-Dropbox-Offline