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Nextcloud sync working - exept when file is in subfolder

Georg L 5 months ago updated by Vlad R 5 months ago 1

Hello from Germany,

I have a small problem with the Nextcloud desktop app, I hope somebody can help me with that : )

User in this example is "xyz".

1) Inside the user-home-folder [ /media/smb/xyz ] for user 'xyz' I have mounted a smb share from FreeNAS.

Everything is working, I can access, delete, everything.

2) If I create/copy/delete a file in the home root dir [ /media/smb/xyz/file1 ] from my windows machine, the file is synced to my Notebook via Nextcloud Desktop app.
3) If I create a file inside a subfolder [ /media/smb/xyz/folder2/file2 ] it wont sync.
4) I can force file2 to sync, by logging into webgui, open "file2" and save it.

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### OVERVIEW ###

# Home-user-folder for user "xyz"

/media/smb/xyz

# FreeNAS share mounted via cifs-util with emulated permissions for user "www-data" (including subfolders and files)

/media/smb/xyz/folder2/....

/media/smb/xyz/file1/....

/media/smb/xyz/folder12/....

and so on.

# Sync problem
I copy "file1" to ~/ of smb share

/media/smb/xyz/file1

--> Sync works (same with folders)


I copy "file2" to ~/folder2 of smb share

/media/smb/xyz/folder2/file2

--> Sync doesnt work
I log into web gui, go into "folder2" open "file2" and save it. File is syncing.
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It seems, FileRun (or nextcloud ???) is only looking on the first layer [ /media/smb/xyz/ ] for syncing.
And not on sublayers [ /media/smb/xyz/folder/folder/file ].

I described it as good as i can ... hopefully.

Greetings
Georg

Answered

It is a limitation of the Nextcloud sync system, related to the fact that if you create files from outside FileRun/Nextcloud and not "touch" the file's parent folders, the client apps will not detect the change. The change is detected by the folders modification timestamp.

When you make a change via FileRun, the entire folder structure gets the timestamp updated.
So for a file like "/media/smb/xyz/folder2/file2" you would have to do this:

touch -m /media/smb/xyz/folder2
touch -m /media/smb/xyz
touch -m /media/smb

Note that while it can work just by touching "/media/smb/xyz", if a Nextcloud client app is configured to only sync "/media/smb/xyz/folder2", it won't look for the timestamp of the parent folder, so no sync would get triggered in that case.