sync process question

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r.j.rizzuto

23 May, 2022 11:53 AM

Are all the computers that are syncing through the same dropbox peers? Or is the original computer special? If I remove Moneydance from that original computer, will that cause an issue?

  1. 1 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 23 May, 2022 11:58 AM

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    It will be fine. Also you can use toolbox to promote a secondary to be a primary dataset.

  2. 2 Posted by r.j.rizzuto on 23 May, 2022 12:08 PM

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    So one dataset is primary? I'd like to understand more about the primary vs secondary role distinction and how it influences the sync process.

  3. 3 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 23 May, 2022 12:36 PM

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    I believe there is actually no discernible difference..

  4. 4 Posted by r.j.rizzuto on 23 May, 2022 01:52 PM

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    So I can remove the primary instance without issue?

  5. 5 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 23 May, 2022 02:50 PM

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    I already said.... 'It will be fine. Also you can use toolbox to promote a secondary to be a primary dataset.'

    So yes... But I would promote one of your secondaries to primary afterwards.

  6. 6 Posted by r.j.rizzuto on 23 May, 2022 03:41 PM

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    So it's fine not to have a primary, but I should set a primary? Can you
    explain why it is preferable to have a primary?

  7. 7 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 23 May, 2022 04:32 PM

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    There are a couple of deep technical things in MD that only work on a primary. You probably would never notice. I’ve given my recommendation.

    (Not support, just a fellow user)

  8. 8 Posted by r.j.rizzuto on 23 May, 2022 07:15 PM

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    I'd really like to have someone from Moneydance chime in on the primary vs secondary differences. As a user, I don't think it should matter to me which computer I make entries on. My expectation is that the data will be properly synced in a reasonable time.

    The fact that there is no way to tell when a sync completes is, to me, a serious omission.

  9. 9 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 23 May, 2022 07:34 PM

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    On this point ‘As a user, I don't think it should matter to me which computer I make entries on’… it doesn’t matter which computer you make entries on…

  10. 10 Posted by r.j.rizzuto on 23 May, 2022 07:41 PM

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    Respectfully, I'd like someone from infinitekind to explain the differences
    between primary and secondary instances. Clearly thereIS a difference, and
    it may matter to me in instances like this, when they are out of sync.

  11. 11 Posted by dwg on 23 May, 2022 09:39 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    The primary system is the normally the one that initiates the syncing process. It is the only machine that can set the type of syncing and where the shared location is, it also does the initial population of the shared location with data.

    It is also the only machine the syncing password is set by.

    In normal usage it is the only machine that can stop syncing and also the only system that the syncing password can be changed on, although that does require syncing to be re-initiated as the syncing password is used as the encryption key.

    As far as I am aware it plays no elevated role in day to day operations.

  12. 12 Posted by r.j.rizzuto on 24 May, 2022 12:08 AM

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    If by "initiates the syncing process" you mean the initial setup, that makes sense. If I understand correctly, ALL instances, primary or secondary sync (pushing and pulling data) from the sync location.

  13. 13 Posted by dwg on 24 May, 2022 01:37 AM

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    The shared location is used for data exchange so all systems have to be able to read/write to this location in order to pass updates in the form of files. These files have internal time stamps so they can be applied in order

    Each instance of Moneydance maintains local data so this is the working copy for each system.

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