I was trying to figure out why a document I have isn’t synced between my machines. As you would know, Windows is not case sensitive in file names. For whatever reason, on Machine A I have a folder “Documents”, and on machine B I have a folder “documents”. on machine C I have “Documents”, and then on machine D, which doesn’t run Insync, it runs Google’s own “Google Drive” it has both “Documents” and “documents (1)”. I have no idea how this situation arose, though it seems reasonable, given the evidence below, it’s because insync is broken. All these folders basically contain all the same files, except one new file I created in machine A is not synced anywhere. On the Google drive web site it has both “documents” and “Documents”, neither of which end up receiving the file.
When I go in the insync app on machine A, it lists both “documents” AND “Documents” in the list. There is a little green tick on “documents” and not on “Documents”. This makes no sense on Windows to have both, since you can’t have both on Windows. It does not appear the Google drive has this problem because it does not have any interface to display the folder hierarchy, it distinguishes them in the file system with the (1) addition to the directory name.
Despite insync seeming to be semi-unaware of my documents folder on machine A, in that it doesn’t sync stuff there, a change in that folder resulted in the file showing up in the Insync “Feed” screen as having changed. But seemingly doing nothing about it.
If I turn on two way sync for “Documents”, the little blue sync icon appears over the “Documents” folder in Insync never seems to go away. Nor does any other folder like
*ocuments* ever appear.
On Machine D running Google Drive, everything works correctly as one would expect. I can create files in both Documents and “documents (1)” and they get synced up in the cloud to Documents and documents respectively.
On Machine B running insync, it has the little sync symbol on both Documents and documents, but documents exists nowhere on the file system.
I’m sure now that I’ve given you guys a heads up, you’ll be able to fix it in the next 5-10 years. Maybe on your 4th rewrite perhaps.