"Use of FEBE in syncing two computers"

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"Use of FEBE in syncing two computers"

Postby kconover@pitt.edu » Mon May 07, 2007 7:09 am

This is not actually a request for changes in the code, but changes in the documentation.

I am new to FEBE, but have been using a syncing agent (Laplink in my case) to sync at least bookmarks between my laptop and desktop for a long time.

Indeed, I sync _lots_ of stuff between laptop and desktop, whenever I get home and right before I leave home. I think this is a common desire for many people.

I was playing around with FEBE to see how it would fit into this strategy--could I used to sync many more things?

If one syncs regularly between laptop and desktop--at least with my current Laplink setup--one needs to close all programs. Indeed, one even might be able to sync all of the stuff that FEBE backs up using a LapLink agent.

I've found that most everything--except for the option for "small icons"--can be the same between laptop and desktop.

Anyway, I'm looking for--and I suspect at least some others are looking for as well--thoughts on the use of FEBE in a syncing process, i.e., a detailed explication of what FEBE can and cannot do to either (1) do a one-time replication of your current setup on a new computer (FEBE seems ideal for this) or (2) for frequent syncing between laptop and desktop (FEBE seems less helpful here, though a detailed roadmap of everything that FEBE syncs would be an aid to those wishing to use Laplink, Synctoy, or something similar).

A few concise paragraphs on this on your extensions page would, I think, be a boon to new users.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Postby cbaker_admin » Tue May 08, 2007 4:51 pm

I'm not quite clear on exactly what kind of detailed explanation you are looking for. Perhaps my ignorance regarding the sync tools you mention are to blame.

You might be referring to the files that FEBE backs up up like "hostperm.1" (permissions) or "prefs.js" (user preferences). If that is the case, I would agree. Many (most?) users are probably uninitiated to the inner workings of Firefox.

In any case, a profile backup would be the way to precisely synchronize two Firefox installations.

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Postby kconover@pitt.edu » Tue May 08, 2007 6:41 pm

What I do now is double-click a single icon on my desktop's desktop and this runs the synchronization. Using FEBE to do this requires a few more steps.

I'd like to be able to:

1. use FEBE to backup my profile on a regular basis, and

2. know what FEBE knows about synchronizing profiles, so I could duplicate much of it with a synchronization agent.

For example, here are my current Laplink "xhange agents" (one recurses all subdirectories, and for speed, the other doesn't; both are run via a DOS batch file):



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