Dropbox is a nice tool to synchronize some documents between computers. It is available on our Linux desktops, but take care of a couple of things:
Not only will that prevent quota problems on /home, it will also be faster, because your local copy is actually local.
/homeand complain. Go into the preferences and move Dropbox to a location on the local disk (
/data2). That should solve the issue and stop the warnings.
~/Dropboxto a local disk, but kept a symbolic link, the warning will appear since dropbox apparently doesn't understand this. Unfortunately, you can not simply tell Dropbox where the directory actually is. So here is a series of actions to work around it, and end up with the desired setup: Dropbox on the local data disk, without the link and without complaints
mv /data1/yourusername/Dropbox /data1/yourusername/Dropbox2
rm ~/Dropbox; ln -s /data1/yourusername/Dropbox2 ~/Dropbox
/data1/yourusername. So actually, it will go through the symbolic link and move
Dropboxin the new location
( setenv HOME /data1/yourusername ; dropbox start -i )
( setenv HOME /data1/yourusername ; dropbox start )
The first time you want to start Dropbox, find it in the
Internet menu of your desktop environment, and make the required configuration changes (taking into account the points listed on this page). Dropbox will integrate with the desktop file manager, and can also display a tray icon for easy access, and by default it will set itself up to start automatically the next time you log in on the desktop.
Note that Dropbox sync is not running when you don't have a desktop session active, eg if you log in over ssh. You can still add files to your Dropbox folder, and they will be sync'd the next time dropbox is started on the desktop, or commandline synchronization is started (see below).
Some important settings:
/net/computername/somethingis shared between computers, it will try to synchronize from that location on one computer, to that same location on another computer, potentially overwriting or damaging the files. And again: there is no need to use Dropbox to synchronize between computers in our network
Dropbox also provides a commandline tool to handle your shared folder. The command is called
dropbox, and is usually called with sub-commands to check the status (
dropbox status), start dropbox if not already running (
dropbox start). See the man page or
dropbox help for more details.
It is unfortunately not possible to have Dropbox working on the Windows pcs that are part of the domain. This seems to be a known bug with user profiles that are stored on a central cerver, something Dropbox currently cannot handle. On those machines, you are limited to using the dropbox web interface for uploading and downloading your files.
Alternatively, one can use other cloud storage tools such as OwnCloud, which do work on Windows domains.