Dropbox on FreeBSD

Frank Staals frank at fstaals.net
Thu Dec 20 11:39:18 UTC 2012

Lars Engels <lars.engels at 0x20.net> writes:

> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 09:23:47AM -0500, Jerry wrote:
>> On Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:32:57 +0100
>> Frank Staals articulated:
>> > Jerry <jerry at seibercom.net> writes:
>> > 
>> > > I was asked about the feasibility of setting up Dropbox
>> > > <https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=lnx> on a FreeBSD machine,
>> > > specifically under KDE if possible. I found three references to
>> > > Dropbox in the ports tree; however, I am not sure that they are
>> > > exactly what I am looking for. Does anyone have any experience with
>> > > this software or specific information on it?
>> > 
>> > As far as I know it is currently impossible to run dropbox on FreeBSD,
>> > as it requires inotify, as found in the Linux kernel, to detect when
>> > files have changed. 
>> Thanks, I told the individual that I didn't think it would work. I saw
>> something on a forum regarding it. I don't remember exactly what it
>> referred to though. It is not going to happen in v.9.x of FreeBSD;
>> however, perhaps before bumping the version to v.10, someone
>> might get this resolved. However, sometimes I wonder if certain
>> individuals are more interested in bumping version numbers as opposed
>> to putting out fully functional software.
> AFAIK the Windows versions works with WINE.

What does works mean in this case? It start? It can download the files?
and/or full both-way sync works? 

I would imagine that no matter what you would need some sort of kernel
support to detect changes in the file system, and I read somewhere that
kqueue does not provide all the required features. So it would surprise
me a bit if it would be fully functional. I'm not sure about the details
though, so I would be happy to be proven wrong. 


- Frank

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