dropbox will stop syncing Nov 7 for non-ext4 folders

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dropbox will stop syncing Nov 7 for non-ext4 folders

Postby doktor5000 » Aug 16th, '18, 18:25

Just a quick heads-up for dropbox users, per their forums: https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Syncing ... light/true :

Dropbox will stop syncing after November 7 unless your dropbox folder is located on top of an ext4 filesystem, or any other of their supported filesystems
(supported file systems are NTFS for Windows, HFS+ or APFS for Mac, and Ext4 for Linux as per the desktop requirements)
You should also get a desktop notification from the dropbox client about this.

edit doktor5000: You'll also get an email for your affected devices, which points to https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-we ... e#location
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Re: dropbox will stop syncing Nov 7 for non-ext4 folders

Postby xboxboy » Aug 17th, '18, 01:11

Thanks Doktor.

I don't really use drop box, got a free account with a few old files there: But I'd really advise people to look towards using nextcloud. Either a hosted provider, or consider running it yourself: Either via the repo's, or manually. Manually is surprisingly easy once you have it installed, and with the new web updater function, updating it is easy peasy.

I have three nextcloud instances: One at my business, one at home and one with my webhost. It all works really well.
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Re: dropbox will stop syncing Nov 7 for non-ext4 folders

Postby morgano » Aug 17th, '18, 11:10

xboxboy wrote: using nextcloud. Either a hosted provider, or consider running it yourself: Either via the repo's, or manually. Manually is surprisingly easy once you have it installed, and with the new web updater function, updating it is easy peasy.


Sounds great.
It would be wonderful if you could write down the procedure for manual install, maybe at https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Nextcloud :)

Yes i heard the in-built updating procedure is much improved. Historically it was a mine field...

I currently do not use nextcloud except an old owncloud at my ISP shared hosting (which breaks at every updating attempt) as syncthing suits me better.

I wrote the https://wiki.mageia.org/en/OwnCloud a while ago concerning using the Mageia packages, with a lot of updating and housekeeping tricks. Optimally it should be copied to the nextcloud page, edited, updated and rinsed from historical version problems and workarounds, and a chapter about manual installation and built-in updating created. So if someone finds the time... ;)
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Re: dropbox will stop syncing Nov 7 for non-ext4 folders

Postby xboxboy » Aug 18th, '18, 04:56

It would be wonderful if you could write down the procedure for manual install, maybe at https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Nextcloud


I have one install, that was done as a full manual install but it's a bit of messing around with all the web modules...

What I did on another system was cheated somewhat: I installed via the repo's the nextcloud server, I then added the nextcloud server as an exception to the package manager, so it WOULDN'T update it. And then manually manage updates. That seems to be working well, and has done so for several years now. I think it started as Owncloud version 7, and I've updated/upgraded to the latest release with out issue. Only issue is that was done on a Fedora powered ARM server (raspberry pi), but I don't see how that wouldn't work for a mageia OS.

But as usual, I regularly backup the entire OS, and then separately backup the folders and database that belong to nextcloud, so if that way of managing it breaks, it's easy to recover from.

So, for most HOME users, on their LAN, I suspect using the packaged Nextcloud server is good enough (updates can lag, and can be painful to package. As one of our Mandrake ancestors admits https://www.happyassassin.net/2015/08/29/looking-for-new-maintainer-for-fedora-epel-owncloud-packages/ Poor Neoclust is our current packager: Thanks for your efforts.) Major version updates are a nightmare to manage for package users.
For most people I think using the packaged version, then manually updating should be feasible.
For corporate or heavy users, I think a total manual install is the best option.

Web apps are pain at best.
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