Junctions in Left directory structure are not synchronized RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • If you use junction points in your (left) directory structure (by using HardLinkShellExt, for example), they are not synchronized when echoing to the right. I've not tested other scenarios.

    I would consider this a major functionality bug (at least for it to be usable for me).

    Otherwise, I like the new version very much!
    Tuesday, September 9, 2008 5:37 AM

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  • It's not a bug - this is actually the way the product has been designed. It is dangerous to follow links in many cases since they can lead to recursive folder structures.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008 3:09 PM

    I can see your point... I wish there were an option, then, to allow shallow (or deep) sync at a user-defined level. For example, if your directory structure contains a junction and, after recursing into the junction for synchronization, you reach another, it would not be recursed, based on how many levels the user defined to sync...


    Just a thought.


    Thanks for the response.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008 3:18 PM
  • I thought I'd been so clever...

    I have certain key files and folders dotted around my PC that I wanted to back up to a USB key. So I created a special directory and within it created junctions (using http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx) to point to all the directories to be backed up. I then set up SyncToy to sync the top directory to the USB key which would back up everything needed in a single operation.

    Except it doesn't work and searching I've just found this topic :-(

    Anyone any suggestions for another approach? (it needs to copy left to right all changes - including deletions)
    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 4:19 PM
  • Sorry there is no way of doing this - other than creating a folder pair at a top level that contains everything you want to sync. Then, exclude everything else ( though reading your post looks like this may be a lot of exclusions to do).

    Deepa ( Microsoft Sync Framework)
    Monday, July 27, 2009 1:21 AM