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Hi, the support documents advise to rather use Dropbox than Apple' iCloud Drive to sync Alfred's settings, as iCloud Drive has problems detecting changes inside packages, which I can confirm. I'm wondering though if anyone has experience using the Synology NAS' Drive Station to sync such a file and if it works reliable.

 

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@andersennl Alfred keeps live references open to files in his preferences, so expects them to both be always available, and fast. As such, it's not ideal to set the sync location to a remote volume, as if this drive were to not be available on startup, or disappear during Alfred's operation, then you could expect some issues in Alfred.

 

One option could be to setup rsync between Alfred's preferences and your Synology NAS. This way, Alfred's preferences would be local, but you could rsync a copy out to the Synology every time a preference changes.

 

Cheers,

Andrew

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Hi @Andrew and thank you for your answer. Sorry I just realized that my question was a bit vague. Actually I was thinking of syncing a folder instead of using a network drive. Is that what you meant by rsync?

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1 hour ago, andersennl said:

Is that what you meant by rsync?

 

Yes. rsync is a command-line sync tool. It doesn't do two-way sync, though. So if you're syncing your preferences between multiple Macs, it would be up to you to decide which preferences to overwrite.

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Sure, I'm using Synology Drive Client (it can be downloaded here: https://www.synology.com/de-de/support/download/DS216j#utilities). It's the counterpart to Synology Drive Server, which needs to be installed on a Synology NAS.

 

One thing I especially like is that you can specify multiple folders to be synchronized, where you can set for each one separately if you want to sync dotfiles. This is great for syncing folders which solely contain config-dotfiles.

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