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I want to keep my local folder synchronized with a network folder. Is there any folder synchronization utility or feature in Linux?

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There's an unwarranted assumption behind the way you frame your question. Directory synchronization (“folder” is the Windows name for directory) is performed by any number of applications, not by a specific system component. So you won't find it amongst directory properties but amongst application lists. – Gilles May 16 '11 at 20:45
ubuntu one is an exemple – Kiwy Jan 30 '14 at 10:52
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There are numerous options for programs or even file systems that handle synchronization. I still use the ridiculously old unison program to keep some of my home directories in sync. There are other programs similar to this as well. For easier situations that only require one way coping, rsync does the job nicely.

For cross platform synchronization, the ever popular dropbox is always an options, although I would also look into more open alternatives such as cloudfs.

Another thing you really ought to consider is version control. At first it might not seem that it's suitable, but if you really analyze your synchronization problem, you might find that version control is just the ticket. This gives you far more freedom to change things in multiple places without breaking the synchronization (two way sync is always a challenge). The ability to track and merge different sets of changes can be invaluable. You might consider a distributed system like git or a central one like subversion depending on your application, although in all likelihood if you can get your head around the distributed model it will prove better in the long run.

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+1 for the version control, even thou I must say that the simplicity and predictability behind the centralised model makes it hard to say that git is "always better" than svn. Sometimes easy and predictable is the better choice... – Johan May 16 '11 at 20:04
I didn't say it was "always better". In fact I sometimes still choose subversion over git. What I did say was that given the case of initially thinking you wanted directory synchronization, chances are git is going to be a more appropriate choice. – Caleb May 16 '11 at 20:12
This case is very much about taste, since both git and svn will do the work quite well. But Torvalds has a nice speak on this topic youtube.com/watch?v=4XpnKHJAok8 he is a little bias thou.. :) – Johan May 16 '11 at 20:24
This is very outdated: I should update it with things like bittorrent-sync, owncloud, etc. – Caleb Jan 30 '14 at 18:15

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