Ubuntu One tries to syncronize DropBox folder without being asked to.

Asked by Rudy Witt on 2010-07-06

I've been using DropBox to syncronize files between my Windows and Linux machines. It works really well. Recently, while exploring RythymBox and TomBoy I thought I'd give Ubuntu One a try. While exploring the web interface I noticed in the File tab that there was a ~/DropBox folder which had been syncronized with my DropBox folder on my laptop. I have no recollection of ever turning on such an option. I also could not figure out how to remove that option. I tried stopping dropbox and deleting the dropbox folder, but that didn't seem to do much, except when I turned DropBox back on, there appeared a second ~/DropBox folder in the My Storage area under the files tab.

I'm now really confused. Is there a bug in the Ubuntu One client? Is it possible that it shares some kind of flag with DropBox that would cause confusion? Can DropBox and Ubuntu One co-exist on the same machine?

How do I remove the ~/DropBox folders from the Ubuntu One?

I know there's a lot of rambling here, but it's about as clear as I understand it.

Rudy

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Rudy Witt
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2010-07-15
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2010-07-15
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2010-07-08
Duane Hinnen (duanedesign) said : #1

I have installed DropBox to try and reproduce this behaviour. In the meantime could you please run the following command in a Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and post the results.

u1sdtool --list-folders

thank you,
duanedesign

Rudy Witt (witt-rudy) said : #2

Hi duanedesign,

Here's the result from the u1sdtool command

Folder list:
  id=48a12586-65d0-4060-8fd1-5ce04720b242 subscribed= path=/home/rudy/Dropbox
  id=35bceb52-29ec-4098-b988-460a427cbb06 subscribed= path=/home/rudy/DropBox

I also didn't mention previously that I'm running 10.4 (Lucid Lynx).

Rudy

Duane Hinnen (duanedesign) said : #3

rudy,
to stop syncing the dropbox folder you can run the following two commands.

u1sdtool --delete-folder=48a12586-65d0-4060-8fd1-5ce04720b242

this may take a bit, and even time out but the command gets sent. Then for the other one:

u1sdtool --delete-folder=35bceb52-29ec-4098-b988-460a427cbb06

This will delete the folder on the server, but leave your folder untouched. I will continue to look into this issue. If the folders return to this list let us know.

thank you,
duanedesign

Rudy Witt (witt-rudy) said : #4

Duanedesign,

Thank you for the effort that you're putting into this. Unfortunately the command has been running overnight and is still just sitting. I'm not sure what it's hung up on.

Given that I'm not using Ubuntu One yet, would it make sense to do some kind of complete initialization? What would the steps be to do that?

Rudy

Duane Hinnen (duanedesign) said : #5

Rudy,
That is ok, in all likelyhood the command got sent. Could you run the following command to see if the Dropbox folders are still listed?

u1sdtool --list-folders

thank you,
duanedesign

Rudy Witt (witt-rudy) said : #6

The two folders are still there.

rudy@rudy-laptop:~$ u1sdtool - --list-folders
Folder list:
  id=48a12586-65d0-4060-8fd1-5ce04720b242 subscribed= path=/home/rudy/Dropbox
  id=35bceb52-29ec-4098-b988-460a427cbb06 subscribed= path=/home/rudy/DropBox
rudy@rudy-laptop:~$

Rudy

Duane Hinnen (duanedesign) said : #7

Rudy,
The command hangs when you are not connected to your Ubuntu One account. Sorry I thought it would hang and still have sent the command, but i was mistaken. So you will have to 'Connect' to your Ubuntu One account before running the --delete-folder commands. You can connect in the U1 preferences or in the Terminal run:

u1sdtool -c

give it a minute to connect, then run:

u1sdtool --delete-folder=48a12586-65d0-4060-8fd1-5ce04720b242

and then

u1sdtool --delete-folder=35bceb52-29ec-4098-b988-460a427cbb06

hope this works better.
duanedesign

Rudy Witt (witt-rudy) said : #8

That worked like a charm. I was able to delete to two folders.

Thank you for all your help!

Rudy