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Date:      Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:31:54 -0500
From:      Daniel Staal <>
To:        Robert Simmons <>,
Subject:   Re: Dropbox on FreeBSD
Message-ID:  <576E19BBB43046C20D0A7569@[]>
In-Reply-To: <-2463274290818790909@unknownmsgid>
References:  <20140215070812.0f1c582f@scorpio> <> <535E7B497FB3E9EC90C01F28@> <> <-2463274290818790909@unknownmsgid>

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--As of February 17, 2014 10:02:26 AM -0600, Matthew Pherigo is alleged to 
have said:

> Although tarsnap is great, I don't believe it's a file syncing
> solution - only a backup solution.
> --Matt

Yeah - I'm a long-time fan of tarsnap as well, but it would be a very bad 
choice for this application.  Tarsnap keeps a local cache of metadata to 
keep track of what it's backed up and what is in what blocks - and getting 
that cache out of sync with the server causes some weird issues from what I 
understand.  It's fixable, but it would be a lot of overhead if you were 
trying to use it to sync two machines.

Daniel T. Staal

>> On Feb 17, 2014, at 12:29 AM, Robert Simmons <> wrote:
>> Yes, you would need to host it somewhere that has git installed and
>> ssh. That's not too tall of an order.
>> There is one commercial service that does support a FreeBSD native
>> client:
>>> On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 11:36 PM, Daniel Staal <> wrote:
>>> --As of February 15, 2014 3:02:13 PM -0500, Robert Simmons is alleged to
>>> have said:
>>>>> On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 7:08 AM, Jerry <> wrote:
>>>>> I use Dropbox and Windows SkyDrive, soon to be renamed OneDrive,
>>>>> extensively. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a version
>>>>> available for FreeBSD. These are listed on the site:
>>>>> Ubuntu (.deb)           64-bit          32-bit
>>>>> Fedora (.rpm)           64-bit          32-bit
>>>>> Debian (.deb)           64-bit          32-bit
>>>>> Compile from source
>>>>> there are a few "Dropbox" ports; however, I am looking for something
>>>>> that works the same way across different platforms; ie Windows and
>>>>> FreeBSD. Do the Dropbox ports do that? If not, has anyone tried to
>>>>> use one of the "Dropbox" distributions on FreeBSD?
>>>> Another option would be to add Sparkleshare to the ports collection:
>>> --As for the rest, it is mine.
>>> Owncloud - already in the ports collection - would be an option too.
>>> It has more features than just folder sync, but you can ignore them if
>>> you want. ;)  (For that matter, you could run rsync to get the same
>>> effect... On ZFS with snapshots if you want to be able to roll back.)
>>> But either of these would require running a server someplace.  I'm not
>>> sure what commercial solutions there are that have a FreeBSD client.
>>> (Hmm.  A private project on Github?)
>>> Daniel T. Staal

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