Saturday, June 15, 2019

Uncontrolled Syncthing *sync-conflict* for all or many files


Uncontrolled Syncthing *sync-conflict* for all or many files.


I had three devices setup with syncthing for maybe a couple years now. I accidentally sudo rm -rf / my laptop. YES, true i fogort that damned period in ./ while on my SD-Card which i was trying to purge. I quickly Ctrl-C, but it was too late – what a disaster! Fortunately ~/ and my external USB Disk stayed intact for the most part. But I had to reinstall Xubuntu from scratch. After reinstalling Syncthing, the syncs kept causing many many sync-conflict files. These were mostly for large 4GB video files and conflict creation was rampant and uncontrollable. My syncs are all in my ~/SYNCfolder, so I kept performing find ~/SYNC/ -name "*sync-conflict*" -delete (after analysis that the originals were good of course), but the conflicts repeatedly resurrected. Some searches were suspect, and some solutions only worked for text files – worthless.

Tentative Solution:

I found the idea of a “database reset” referenced in a github issue, so i looked it up:
Reset the database, forcing a full rescan and resync. Create .stfolder
folders in each sync folder if they do not already exist. Caution:
Ensure that all sync folders which are mountpoints are already
mounted. Inconsistent versions may result if the mountpoint is later
mounted and contains older versions.
I performed syncthing -reset-database on all three devices and so far the conflicts have subsided with the exception of a couple files.
Whew, continuous uncontrollable disaster #2 averted. As for disaster #1, i’m still repairing that one.

As always, Good Luck!
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