With Selective Sync, Resilio Connect gives a flexible choice in downloading files on an agent. It lets selectively pick the files or subfolders that you need to sync right now, leaving all others as zero-sized placeholders until you actually need them. Once done with the downloaded files, you can revert them back to a placeholder releasing the storage. Selective Sync works only for Windows and OS X agents.
This is especially valuable for two good big reasons:
- you don't have to wait till all the files in the queue above the necessary one get synced. Once the tree of placeholders is build, you can jump to the wanted file and get it synced right away.
- it saves space on computer. Placeholders do not take as much space as the file itself, and you can un-sync the file if you don't need it anymore. The file becomes a placeholder and free space increases.
Selective Sync has two permissions levels - Read-Only and Read-Write.
HOW TO ENABLE SELECTIVE SYNC
There are two ways to enable it:
1) When creating a Synchronization job, on the step of creating an RW or RO group.
2) When creating/editing a group:
HOW IT WORKS
Once a client gets Selective Sync access, a folder appears on it in accordance with Path Macros. Any files added to the same folder on other clients, appear on this one as .rsl~ placeholders:
To get a file downloaded right-click on it and pick "Sync to this device" menu (bulk selection is possible), or double click on a file. When a file is synced, the .rsl~ extension gets removed.
Fully synced files are marked with a green checkmark.
This option also works when you want to download the whole subfolder: all files inside it will be downloaded.
Later, if source peer adds files in this subfolder, the files will be also automatically downloaded here.
Important note: if you right-click on subfoldername.rlsc placeholder, it will just show the placeholder files inside. You need to right-click on subfolder again and again select "Sync to this device" to have all files inside downloaded.
When the client no longer needs the file, it's possible to locally clear it. Right click on the file or subfolder and select "Remove from this device". Option "Remove from all devices" will propagate deletion to other agents and delete file there. Alternatively, one can use system's Delete menu - deleting the file will revert it to a placeholder, deleting a placeholder will delete the file from other agents.