I love Dropbox, I really do. It sits on my home PC, my laptop, my server, and my Android phones and tablets. Nothing comes close to it for seamlessly giving my machines access to the same set of files.
It even runs on Linux – well… mostly. All my devices run Linux, from my Raspberry Pi to my MacBook. One of the great things about Linux is that is allows for case-sensitive file names. That is, “Bob” is a different file to “bob”.
However, lesser Operating Systems can’t handle that. So when Dropbox senses two files or directories with the same name but different cases, it mungs them. Here’s an example:
edent@xubuntu:~/Dropbox/test$ mkdir TESTING edent@xubuntu:~/Dropbox/test$ mkdir testing edent@xubuntu:~/Dropbox/test$ ls TESTING TESTING (Case Conflict 1)
That is very frustrating. And, it seems, there’s no way around it. I understand that Windows would get its knickers in a twist over such shennanigans – but why can’t the file corruption happen in the Windows client? Why can’t Dropbox leave my sensibly named files alone when they’re on a case-sensitive system?
So, it looks like I need to find a new Sync and Store solution – preferably one which respects Linux users.