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This isn’t high art, but perhaps it will be useful to others. Getting my family data reasonably well backed up and synchronized between our many devices was a harder problem that I expected it to be.


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    That’s actually a great diagram where it gets the point across with a more interesting style than say Visio stuff.

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      Thanks – I will let my daughter know!

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      I’ve been using Syncthing for well over a year now in a similar configuration. It definitely feels “invisible”, I basically do nothing to maintain it.

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        It generally works quite well for me too, though I find it tricky to add - or especially remove a device with a bit fiddling.

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        I wish syncthing allowed for an easy directory-based filtering of the stuff you want to sync. I want to be able to tell all my other syncthing-enabled devices “Here’s all my things”, and pick and choose what I want to synchronize based on my current need (in some cases, music, in some cases, photos, in the case of my backup server, all the things).

        In a sense, what I’m missing is very much like how in torrent clients you can pick a subdirectory or other, and/or cherry pick files.

        I’d also like a solution that enables me to paste a link to one of those things to a friend so that he can access a file I have in all of my giant data bag.

        Essentially, I want to have the first promises of “upspin”:

        When did you last…

        download a file just to upload to another device?
        download a file from one web service just to upload to another?
        make a file public just to share it with one person?
        accidentally make something visible to the wrong people?

        Syncthing does almost all the things I need. I just want to not start synchronization automatically for my ginormous collection of digitized pictures, movies and songs.

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          For the mobile on demand portion, there’s a thing called Syncthing-lite for Android. I found this today, I’ll test it out later, I’m hopeful.

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            I hadn’t seen that yet – thanks! The “official” Android app is OK – but setup is a bit of a pain.

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            agreed on all counts. it’s a bit like the promise of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perkeep – but that’s a ways off

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            I love the world Peerkeep (née Camlistore) is trying to create, but we’re still too far out, and I don’t see why businesses would want to adopt it.

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              agreed. What drove me nuts with this project is that I am a technically savvy user, and many of the services I evaluated are designed for typical consumers – yet the solution was still non-trivial. For many folks, when asked about these problems I just say “use Backblaze (the app), Dropbox and Google Photos.”

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                Setting up Perkeep has been on my backlog for awhile now. It doesn’t seem quite ready.

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                +1 on syncthing, it’s great. Just wish it had something like Syncthing Lite for iPhone (we gave up on fsync()).

                I haven’t found anything I’m very happy with for browsing photos though. We have a home server that acts as the “archive” for photos that are edited/processed, some terabytes since my gf’s a photographer. Photos are nicely organised by date and “job name”/event (thanks to rapid-photo-downloader). I could have a web server that allows access, but it’d have to have download buttons in all the right places and search by exif info, dates, names. And preferably the browsing should be fast even if we’re not at home (though it’s OK if full downloads aren’t so fast). What we really wanted was just to be able to quickly browse the folders as if the files were local. But doing that over the network (with thumbnails) is so slow. I ended making a cron job on the server to generate thumbnails in a parallel hierarchy, then the laptops sync that, so there’s a browsable thumbnail folder (taking about 10G now :-S) and a simple right-click menu option in Thunar to grab the real file(s) from a thumbnail. It actually works quite well (and offline browsing of the archive is nice), but feels like a big hack …

                Anyone else got similar situations with better solutions?