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Dropbox and DfD files

Postby JohnBaldwin » Tue May 14, 2013 11:01 am

Please: has anyone any experience using their app data stored within a Dropbox directory?

IOW: is this a sensible place in which to keep application data and thus to obviate the need to do backups?
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Re: Dropbox and DfD files

Postby Phil Winkler » Tue May 14, 2013 1:02 pm

Let's see, placing your critical data on the web in a place over which you have no control? Nope. Don't think I would do that. :roll:
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Re: Dropbox and DfD files

Postby Fred Kingston » Tue May 14, 2013 1:14 pm

How does your data get into and out of DropBox John? <-- this is a rhetorical question...

The answer is, via a backup method... So you're not eliminating any need to backup... you're just changing the place you store the backup from one you control to one you don't... :D
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Re: Dropbox and DfD files

Postby Graham Smith » Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

I use DropBox as a way of transferring data between home and work and for sharing.

As long as there are no real privacy concerns, you can copy a database to a drop box directory at night, but you don't really want to store a database in a dropbox directory.
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Re: Dropbox and DfD files

Postby JohnBaldwin » Tue May 14, 2013 4:07 pm

Graham Smith wrote:don't ... store a database in a dropbox directory


That was precisely my innate reaction, and I suspected that others would view it that way as clearly Fred and Phil did too, but was (possibly) hoping that someone might persuade me that I was being too pessimistic.

Thanks.

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Re: Dropbox and DfD files

Postby Graham Smith » Wed May 15, 2013 11:55 am

I won't say it won't work but the main problem goes to how DB works.

You have a directory (folder) on your hard drive named Dropbox. It is constantly monitored for changes by a program running in the background. Anytime you change a file, that file is copied up to the DB "cloud drive".

A database is a lot of files that are frequently changed. All that is going to produce a lot of background activity which is going to be a constant drag on you. It's not unlike what happens if you allow anti-virus software to monitor a database directory.

There's no real reason I can think of why you cannot do this, it's just that it's not a really great concept. But that doesn't mean you can't try it and see. It's not likely to hurt anything.
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