Dropbox for Servers
Posted by Tyler Muth on September 29, 2011
I love dropbox. Let me say that again: I love dropbox! I’ve been using it for well over a year now and it’s the best file synchronizing / sharing service I’ve found (and I’m certainly not alone in that opinion). I use it on my laptop, my home desktop, my home server, my iPhone, my iPad, and with selective-sync, on my wife’s laptop. All of my important files (up to 50 GB worth which is what I pay for) are synced between all of those places all of the time. I don’t send 20 MB email attachments (which completely annoys me), I send links to download from dropbox. The list goes on and I’m now on a bit of a tangent.
Sever Use Case
I work on a lot of shared servers, such as for POVs (proof of value, benchmark) and most of them are Linux-based (I also sometimes use Amazon EC2 instances to teach APEX Classes). I found myself spending a lot of time transferring files to and from the server such as SQL scripts, AWR reports, SQL Monitoring reports, etc via scp (sometimes rsync). I didn’t want to setup my dropbox account on the server as well since it has all of my personal files too. Then I had a bit of an epiphany(and I’m sure I’m not the first one to think of this):
- Create a 2nd, free dropbox account (2 GB of free space)
- Setup that account on the linux server using the CLI version of dropbox located here. Dropbox has a formal, supported Linux client, but there were a number of package dependencies and specific versions that were more challenging to work around than it was worth.
- Share a folder between my primary dropbox account and my 2nd dropbox account.