Offline folders and linux

Kalpesh Thaker luminary06 at
Fri Jan 9 07:54:20 GMT 2009

Hi Orion,

I have actually played around with this, but not so much to the extent
of advising what the best solution may be... as there are many!

Unfortunately, there is no "easy" way to get this working out of the box
as it may seem, (perhaps there is, but i just couldnt find it ;> )

I have included some links below that may be of some help to you,
they all pretty much do the same thing, so you may need to experiment to
see what works best for you.

hope this helps!


On 1/9/09, O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at> wrote:
> Maybe someone can assist on this. I have (and am still) searched the
> internet for information on how one can implement the windows concept of
> "offline folders" in a linux client environment.
> Offline folders means that a folder (could be home, in Windows is My
> Documents) is stored on a server but a cached copy is kept on the
> client/workstation. The user works with the cache and sees no difference.
> On login and logout any changes are synchronized with the serverbased
> folder. If you are offline (travelling or server down) you will see no
> difference except an error when you log on or off that synch could not
> be done.
> The advantage is of course that users files can be centrally backed up
> and if a computer crashes or gets stolen you simply configure a new one,
> "resync" and the user is all set to go. In Windows domains it works with
> "roaming profiles" meaning that if you log on to another workstation you
> will have access to your files but not your own desktop or configs.
> I am looking for a way to implement this concept (minus the roaming
> profile if that is not possible) in an environment where the servers are
> either Windows or Linux (Ebox) and the clients also mixed Windows and
> Linux (Kubuntu hopefully). The organisation are moving away from
> Windows, are not going Vista but staying with XP and for new computers
> going LInux. But the offline folders is a security aspect for them,
> securing that users files gets backed up "automagically".
> Any pointers, help, someone did something like this, assistance of any
> kind most welcome.
> Sinclair
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