How to ensure that syncing is turned off, and what to do with all the sync files?

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11 Dec, 2022 10:52 PM

I'm preparing to migrate to a new MD file because the current one is getting large. I plan to create a new file from the existing file. The current file is set up for syncing. So I have two questions:
(1) I don't want the new file to automatically start syncing. How do I ensure that the new file doesn't start syncing?
(2) The MD folder contains 20,000+ small files that appear to be related to syncing. Can I get rid of those before making the copy of the existing MD folder?

Perhaps it makes more sense to do an export from within MD to a QIF file and then an import into the new MD file. Still, there is a question of whether I can get rid of the 20,000+ small files that take up around 50 MB and add time to my backups.

I didn't find anything in the KB on point.

  1. 1 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 11 Dec, 2022 11:00 PM

    Stuart Beesley (Mr Toolbox)'s Avatar

    Assuming you are on latest MD?

    Use toolbox, advanced mode, shrink dataset. How much did this reduce your file size to?

    Then use file/export backup.

    Then on new computer use file/restore backup and UNTICK retain sync settings.

    That’s it.

  2. 2 Posted by DavidRoss on 19 Dec, 2022 12:57 AM

    DavidRoss's Avatar

    Thanks for the ideas. I'm a real fan of your tools.

    That does the trick. Also good to know that really everything is in the trunk file.

    The size of the whole dataset folder tree is around 25 MB now, with the trunk file itself being 23 MB.

    As for the syncing question, I think that if I go to the old machine and turn off syncing before I copy the dataset folder tree, that should keep it off on the new machine.

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 19 Dec, 2022 01:02 AM

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    If you do a backup and restore as Stuart describes that turns off syncing on that copy.

  4. 4 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 19 Dec, 2022 06:28 AM

    Stuart Beesley (Mr Toolbox)'s Avatar

    As above. When you restore the backup using file/restore backup. UNTICK retain sync settings. That’s it.

  5. 5 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 19 Dec, 2022 06:28 AM

    Stuart Beesley (Mr Toolbox)'s Avatar

    Toolbox 🧰 +1 😃

  6. Ethan closed this discussion on 26 Dec, 2022 09:41 PM.

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