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A distributed synchronization tool. I plan on using it for a KeePass file.

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      It has some rough edges but I have some 100G of files in it across 3 boxes and it just does what I want. I’ve been using it for about two years. I remember being really happy finding it.

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      I’ve been using it for three months to sync todos and photos from my phone, and my book queue to it. It’s a little fiddly to set up but almost instantly slipped into the “just works” zone of plumbing that I never think about.

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      Been using it for more than a year now. It syncs a lot of things, including my pass store. No problems so far.

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      The lack of an iOS client turned me away from Syncthing. I went with the (paid) Resilio Sync instead, formerly Bittorent Sync.

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        I haven’t used Syncthing, but there is an iOS client nowadays:


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      I used Syncthing for awhile, but switched to Nextcloud w/ OTP auth, it’s less of a hassle and more polished imo if you’re looking for a Dropbox replacement.

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        SyncThing does not require a central server while NextCloud does. This has pro and cons.

        • You cannot share files by sending links with SyncThing
        • P2P is less efficient, which is significant on mobile
        • A central server would be additional responsibility and maintenance
        • You can share between three clients such that no one has all the data
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          I recognize these benefits, but I’m talking exclusively about a dropbox replacement. I kept my keepass database in Synthing for years. Again, speaking purely from the perspective of a person looking for a Dropbox replacement:

          • Syncthing required a server to be on all of the time, otherwise my password databases would drift.
          • because syncthing required a dedicated server, hosting Nextcloud instead wasn’t much of a stretch.
          • Syncthing doesn’t have some QOL defaults (ignoring .files, for example)
          • It’s painful to flip back and forth between computers and enter a large random string to enable synchronization (at least it was for me)

          Listing some of my struggles in case anyone is in the same spot I was.

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      I use syncthing for passwords too, but instead of keepass, I started using plain text files encrypted with encfs. I like keepass but for me personally, I like the flexibility of a plain text file.

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        To add to this, this thread actually inspired me to spend a few hours yak shaving my password management from “they’re in my brain” to “they’re encrypted in a git repo with the pass tool.” It’s a bit of a different flavor than encrypting the entire file system, but it’s breathlessly simple and can be shared easily. i.e., My wife and I can collaborate on the same repo of passwords. There’s even an Android app! (And it works.)

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