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SyncToy 2.1 - Echo sync fails on read-only files ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I set up a sync-pair from \\Machine1\SourceFolder to \\Machine2\DestFolder using echo.
    I open a powerpoint file in the source-folder in PowerPoint and edit it (the file will now be read-only for all other processes), and then try to sync.
    This fails on the file that I have open in powerpoint. Why? Since the file has been modified it's going to be copied to the destination, ie SyncToy only needs read access, but refuses unless it also has write-access it seems.
    Or am I missing something?

    Cheers,
    Ted

    Thursday, November 12, 2009 8:58 AM

Answers

  • If you modified the powerpoint file, and you set the folder pairs as echo, this change will be synced to another side when you run synchronize.
    If when you run synctoy syncing, the file is using by powerpoint, the sync process will fail on this being used PPT file, it is by design.

    Thanks,
    Ping


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    • Marked as answer by Ted Monday, November 16, 2009 12:30 PM
    Monday, November 16, 2009 10:53 AM

All replies

  • If you modified the powerpoint file, and you set the folder pairs as echo, this change will be synced to another side when you run synchronize.
    If when you run synctoy syncing, the file is using by powerpoint, the sync process will fail on this being used PPT file, it is by design.

    Thanks,
    Ping


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Ted Monday, November 16, 2009 12:30 PM
    Monday, November 16, 2009 10:53 AM
  • Hi,

    Ok, sad to hear that. There probably is a good reason for this that I fail to see. But atleast I know that SyncToy is unable to do this. Thanks anyways!

    Cheers,
    Ted
    Monday, November 16, 2009 12:29 PM
  • Ping Lu I believe that that you misunderstood Ted.
    The file is not opened by another program. It's just marked as read only in file properties.

    Cause I have noticed the same error.
    Files with the attribute read-only can't be synced/copied using the "echo" mode.
    If I remove the read-only attribute for that file, the copy operation works.
    I would consider this a bug.
    Imho it's a very annoying bug.
    I have 5473 files that are marked read-only that should have been synced. But now I have to change the attribute for all these files for it to work. :(

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 10:00 PM