I dual boot on my laptop:

  • Ubuntu Mate 18.04 LTS
  • Windows 10

I've set up Dropbox in both operating systems. I'm not actually syncing the Dropbox twice -- as my Dropbox is quite large, this would be wasteful in terms of bandwidth and disk space. Therefore, similar to this question, I mount the Windows NTFS drive in Linux and tell the Linux Dropbox client that it should use that location.

This has worked fine for years. However, Dropbox has recently announced that onwards from November 7th, 2018, they're demanding that the Dropbox Folder is located on:

  • ext4 when in Linux
  • NTFS when in Windows

That means that my current set-up will break. However, I simply don't have the disk space to duplicate the Dropbox folder, nor do I want to spend bandwidth on syncing data that's essentially already in sync...

I've spoken with a Dropbox representative, and they're "very sorry, but". So, I'm looking for a viable workaround.

  • Is there a way to "fake" ext4-ism on an NTFS drive in Linux?
  • Or the other way round (hahahanoway)?
  • ...I'm actually all out of ideas on this one.

The email reminder I've been receiving over the past few months:

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  • You do know, your links says while it's a requirement, your current setup will continue to work. Have you confirmed the current version of Dropbox no longer functions in your current configuration? I see no mention of November 7th on your reference page. As far as I can see, those requirements, are the current requirements – Ramhound Oct 23 '18 at 22:50
  • @Ramhound see edit. The representative confirmed that Dropbox on Linux will stop syncing after this date, unless I make these changes – Rody Oldenhuis Oct 23 '18 at 23:03
  • @Ramhound actually, the text I linked to is a bit ambiguous; it says as a sub-point of the ext4 requirement that other "supported" file systems will continue to work. Considering everything, I'm inclined to interpret that as "it won't work unless you switch to ext4"... – Rody Oldenhuis Oct 23 '18 at 23:12

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