Folder Synchronization configuration ? 2015-05-22T19:26:09+00:00

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  • xkat
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    Hi: i guess i don’t understand Folder Synchronization, or need to “tweak it” a bit.

    Steps:
    I create a new Data drive (L:), to be implemented using Tabbles.
    Auto-tagging/Tagging goes on ONLY on this drive. No other drives/folders/files are tagged anywhere on this machine. In fact, all other drives are “ignored by auto-tagging rules”, per the interface: Options > Auto-tagging rules
    I created all needed directories, placed files in them, set-up auto-tag rules, manually tags some ‘Internet Address’, etc.
    Set-up FreeFileSync to (everyday) backup this entire drive (Overwrite + archive changed files)
    Set-up TABBLES Folder Synchronization: Drive L: = Drive Z:

    RESULT: now i have 2 copies of every file in my Tabbles interface, and it is not discernible which is which, without hovering.

    I guess i should have expected this, but it’s not what i want.
    I want the backup (Z:) files to be invisible to my Tabbles interface, except for Tabbles to do TABBLE SYNCING. Somehow i should be able to ‘hide’ those synced files.

    Maybe this is impossible?

    tia

  • J.J.
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    Post count: 8

    That is absolutely the downside of the possibilty to synchronize. That was for me the reason to stop synchronizing.
    I simply backup my tagged files with FreeFileSync to the cloud and I separately backup my database.

  • xkat
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    Post count: 39

    thanks, MilusJunod – i was thinking, ‘i’m sure i must be doing something wrong!’ – but, as it stands, it doubles the number of files in the interface.
    Still, though, i’m sure Maurizio was well aware of this implication, and must have intended a ‘write-only’ (not read) aspect of this quite useful (if fully implemented) feature.
    In my case, it would be enough to not ‘read’ from the disk where the backup resides. In other words, don’t update the interface with the “files on disk K”
    That would be another variable in the SELECT statement, and incur more overhead, but, of course, the “Folder Synchronization’ stored procedure is already (in my case) doubling the number of files tracked.

    thanks again for you response, MilusJunod

  • Maurizio
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    Post count: 100

    “RESULT: now i have 2 copies of every file in my Tabbles interface, and it is not discernible which is which, without hovering.”

    Hi xkat, first, please note that you will see both copies of the files in the Tabbles interface only if they are both reachable from the current machine. (If otoh the two copies are on different folders or different machines, and Dropbox is used to sync among them, you will only see one at a time).

    If they are both reachable, we chose to let them both be visible, because there was no clear way to decide which one to hide.

    At any rate, you should still be able to distinguish them from one another by the file path. if you use the normal view, you do see the file path below each file. So maybe you should just use the normal file view when you use sync.

    I guess i should have expected this, but it’s not what i want.
    I want the backup (Z:) files to be invisible to my Tabbles interface, except for Tabbles to do TABBLE SYNCING. Somehow i should be able to ‘hide’ those synced files.

    Maybe this is impossible?

    Yes, this is impossible if they are both reachable from the current machine. If you do the backup on a network drive and then disconnect the network drive, they will become invisible, but I guess this is not what you want.

    We had dropbox in mind, so in practice we didn’t expect you to see both files at once.

  • xkat
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    Post count: 39

    OK – thanks Maurizio:
    that seems like a perfectly adequate resolution – thus one should use “Folder Synchronization” as an off-line data-backup routine. Off course, the database would have to be backed-up as well for this to work systematically.

    I would suggest that a ‘profile switch’ that allowed the viewing of / interacting with ‘DOMAINS’ (analogous to logical disks) could be useful, especially when one has MANY files/tabbles. This would have the positive side effect of speeding up UI access, particularly when one was BUILDING tabbles, rather than actively searching/researching through the TABBLES UI. For continuity, i’d guess that the best default profile would be, “SELECT ALL” disks when the TABBLES instance starts.

    thanks again

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