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Dropbox dropping "uncommon" filesystem support on November 7 2


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#1 OFFLINE   Fuddster

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:29 PM

And by "uncommon" they mean anything other than ext4:

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Hi everyone, on Nov. 7, 2018, we’re ending support for Dropbox syncing to drives with certain uncommon file systems. The supported file systems are NTFS for Windows, HFS+ or APFS for Mac, and Ext4 for Linux.

We’ve updated our desktop requirements accordingly here.

A supported file system is required as Dropbox relies on extended attributes (X-attrs) to identify files in the Dropbox folder and keep them in sync. We will keep supporting only the most common file systems that support X-attrs, so we can ensure stability and a consistent experience.

If you received a notification, but are running one of the supported file systems, it's possible that you may have recently had a computer linked that was running an unsupported file system but have been since upgraded, or that computer is no longer being used.

Hope this helps to clarify matters!

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:07 PM

That actually makes sense. I would surprised if they didn't support the most popular file systems on all the OSs.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:10 PM

I didn't receive that notice. The only systems I have using D-box these days are my main and the workshop system (which I haven't turned on in about a year - shame on me). They're both ext4, so no worries; not that I even need D-box anymore these days. It was useful when I first installed it, though. I don't do file sharing or any of that other techie stuff these days. I just go on the Internet to visit with my friends and job hunt... oh, and watch a movie or two from my favorite island nation of Tonga. ;)

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 11:13 PM

I haven't used dropbox since their security issue years ago. I use google drive and pay $2.99 a month for 200gb of storage.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:49 AM

It's a minor inconvenience for me because my Dropbox folder is currently sitting in an XFS partition. Fortunately I have a small ext4 partition (still boggles my mind that a 600 GB partition is considered small) available.

It also has me thinking about investigating other solutions
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Posted 19 August 2018 - 12:31 PM

ext4 is the only common file system in the linux world??
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Posted 19 August 2018 - 01:55 PM

View Postcrp, on 19 August 2018 - 12:31 PM, said:

ext4 is the only common file system in the linux world??

No, but it is the most common one on Linux.
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