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The tools I use to mimic the service are not as important as creating a reliable replacement in case something happens to the DropBox company (price flux, acquisition, etc)

My original question was focused on using couchDB replication, but this isn't a requirement just a potential path.

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Project lipsync http:// lipsync . it/ uses lsyncd https://code.google.com/p/lsyncd/ to watch a folder for changes, and then kicks off a command, which is rsync by default. For examples, see here https://code.google.com/p/lsyncd/wiki/Lsyncd20Manual#Layer_3_Configuration:_Simple_onAction_Commands So, you could set it up to issue the curl command to kick off CouchDB replication, instead of rsync, to have lysncd call that instead - I haven't done it, but it should work. Is this what you were talking about? Email me if you have questions, that would be a cool (and simple) project.

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I believe my original question was too restrictive, but you're answer was very helpful. Marked it correct and will dig into your suggested links. –  Mark Essel Dec 7 '11 at 23:48
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