Right now, I'm working primarily on a network folder on a Samba server in a Windows network.

I want to switch to work with a local copy, preferably with automatic synchronisation. I thought about using Windows Offline Files, but as far as I understand it they will only access the local files if the network folder is currently unavailable, and more importantly, I want to work with real local paths (one of my Visual Studio extensions doesn't handle network files correctly, neither UNC paths nor mapped drives.)

Is it possible to have a local copy of my network folder contents with constant automatic synchronization in both directions?


If you're looking for a relatively simple answer, try DropBox: http://www.dropbox.com

  • Can I have two dropbox folders in one network which will get updated over the network? I thought this is only for completely remote computers with internet synchronization - I mean, I only have one computer here – Felix Dombek Mar 23 '11 at 16:39
  • They'll just both synchronize over the Internet if you install DropBox on both computers. It should work great as long as you don't have more than a few GB. Your comment that you only have one computer, however, seems to contradict the entire premise of the question. – Hyppy Mar 23 '11 at 16:55
  • The Samba server is a Debian computer, but think of it as a simple NAS drive. There's one computer on which I work. I'm accessing the files on the server with it, but want to access a local mirror of those files so that I don't have to use network files. – Felix Dombek Mar 23 '11 at 23:34

You could also use a platform-independent distributive revision control tool like Mercurial. That way, you avoid putting your sensitive data in the cloud (and at reach of the NSA).

Here is the Wikipedia entry with some more information and an excellent guide to get you started.

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