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I have Dropbox installed on both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS and there are two separate folders that are being synchronized so there is some waste of disk space.
I would like to have only one Dropbox folder to be synchronized and would like to see a link to this particular folder both on Windows and Ubuntu desktops.

The problem is that my original Dropbox folder (the larger and complete one) is on a separate partition that is not mounted by Ubuntu at startup. How can I have this partition automatically mounted without me interfering ?

Furthermore, if the Dropbox folder on Ubuntu is deleted will it be reflected to my Dropbox account and the online synchronized files? How could this be prevented? I would like to get help on this matter.

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You can exclude directories from synchronization by using the Dropbox CLI. You add directories to the exclusion list to disable synching and you remove them from the list to re-enable synching.

$ dropbox exclude add [DIRECTORY]

Partitions that are mounted at system startup are configured by including them in /etc/fstab as shown below. Here's a more detailed explanation that should get you going.

# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>    
/dev/sda2       /home           ext4    defaults        0       2

Finally, If content is deleted from a synchronized directory the deletion will reflect in Dropbox. However, Dropbox has a versioning system that can be used to undelete content as well as undo changes.

  • I believe selective sync also can be set right from the dropbox software (or at configuring after installation). – DutchArjo Nov 23 '14 at 14:22

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