[tomboy-list] "Server is locked" and Little sync disaster
josepm.fontana at upf.edu
Sat May 2 00:52:23 PDT 2009
A while ago I sent a message asking about the possibility of using
Dropbox to sync notes across different computers. I was warned of the
dangers of doing it and now I'm suffering the consequences of not
following that sound piece of advice.
The thing is, I had two laptops connected to the net at the same time
but I was not using Tomboy in both of them at the same time. All I did
was to try to synchronize the contents of the Dropbox folder where I had
saved a copy of the Tomboy notes (by synchronizing the notes with that
folder in my main computer). I thought that as long as I didn't try to
modify a note from the two different computers at the same time, I
wouldn't have a problem. But the synchronization process went array and
Tomboy hung in the middle of the synchronization without finishing. I
was not aware of this, but Dropbox deleted the contents that had not
been synchronized from the Dropbox subfolder where I kept my Tomboy
notes in the second computer. What I think happened is the following: I
restarted Tomboy and tried to sync again; Tomboy had imported some of
the files in the synchronization attempt but not all of them; the
synchronization copied the files it considered more recent to the sync
folder and deleted the ones that had not been imported in the first
Anyway, I will probably never know what really happened, but to make the
story short I went back to my first computer and continued to work with
Tomboy, then when I clicked on synchronization I realized there were a
bunch of notes (and a lot of hours of work) that had disappeared.
I was now trying to recover the notes by attempting to restore deleted
contents in Dropbox via the web interface but when I try to sync with
the Dropbox folder I continuously get a message that says "Server is
locked. One of your other computers is currently synchronizing. Please
wait 2 minutes and try again". But I have only one computer on. I have
even disabled Dropbox. So, I don't know what the problem is.
Besides helping me solve this problem, if there is anybody that has
found a good system to synchronize notes between different computers, I
would appreciate hearing from him/her. I work with three different
computers and finding a good synchronization system is essential for me.
Thanks a lot in advance.
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