looks like Drop box It will soon stop following symbolic links to files or folders outside of the Dropbox folder.
When placing one Symbolic link Before the change, the symbolic links (symbolic or soft links) in the Dropbox folder were replaced by the data pointed to by the symbolic links, so you can get the actual data on the Dropbox server, not just the symbolic links.How to use symbolic links in DropboxThe page from Dropbox Help mentions: “From mid-2019, Dropbox will no longer track items linked via symbolic links outside your Dropbox account. “I tried the latest Dropbox beta and the stable version on Linux, which is not the case, as Dropbox continues to follow symbolic links to items outside of the Dropbox folder.
Because I have only tried the Dropbox Linux client, this change may have been implemented on other platforms, or it may have been added to the platform in preparation for future updates.
Then, the same Dropbox help page goes on to mention that you can still have symbolic links to files outside of your Dropbox account on Dropbox, but only the symlink file will sync with your Dropbox account, without syncing its content to.
Symbolic links to items in your Dropbox account will continue to work as before, synchronizing what they link to.
I couldn’t find an announcement about this change, and I couldn’t find much information about it, but I did manage to find a possible motivation. Up Dropbox help page Regarding the possible reasons for the high CPU usage, mentioning symbolic links may cause such problems, and it is recommended to delete the symbolic links and move the actual data to the Dropbox folder.
Following symbolic links to files and folders outside of the Dropbox folder is an obscure but very useful Dropbox feature (very useful at least in some cases) with multiple use cases, including syncing folders outside the Dropbox directory (its extra The advantage is that it does not use space) either on the computer or in the local Dropbox folder), and it can also synchronize and back up program configuration files (dotfiles). As a side note, even with this change, you can still synchronize your program configuration with Dropbox by using another way of linking (place the original file in Dropbox and a symbolic link on your system).
However, it’s worth noting that the way Dropbox handles symbolic links (until this change) is not standard because it replaces them with target items, breaking the situation where users actually only want to synchronize symbolic links instead of target objects.
As a reminder, Dropbox recently dropped support for all file systems on Linux except Ext4, but reverted this change in July (in most cases).
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