FFS does not find files beginning with a dot.

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vijer
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Joined: 14 Jul 2016

Post by vijer • 26 Feb 2019, 09:16

I have several folders with files that begin with a dot (because I want the files to always be at the top of the list).

Example

.somefile.pdf

FreeFileSync does not display these files in the pre sync search, so it doesn't back them up. I don't see a filter that is excluding them. Here are my filters;

\System Volume Information\
\$Recycle.Bin\
\RECYCLE?\
*\desktop.ini
*\thumbs.db
\Acronis 1\
\Acronis 2\
\pagefile.sys
\Downloads\Programs\
\Downloads\Video\

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Radish
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Post by Radish • 01 Mar 2019, 16:29

I tested this on my own system -- FFS 10.9, Windows 7 SP1. Result was no problem with files beginning with 'dots'. Your filters look fine to me too, assuming that the files that start with a 'dot' aren't in the subfolders you have excluded.

mikexx
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Post by mikexx • 15 Mar 2019, 23:59

I've also just checked with FFS 10.10 and I can see "." files in the list and confident they will sync ok.

Dot files are also Linux system files and I have known some NAS drives to refuse to save them, such as a D-Link NAS when using FTP. I'm wondering if there is something else going on?

What file system is each drive using?