As a simple test I created another Folder with 10 files in it, placed it on the NAS and shared that with a different Mac which is also running Syncthing 1.3.0. These seems to be some duplication taking place.
In the “client” Mac I see the original 10 items that I put in my test Folder on the NAS to be sync’d, but also another fully visible folder named “@eaDir” which contains tiny representations of the original 10 items.
Curiously each “copy” of the items in the"@eaDir" directory is only 176bytes in length (compared to 135KB of the originals) and has “@SynoEAStream” appended to each filename.
The word “Syno” leads to me to think of Synology - the vendor of the NAS I’m using. Screenshot attached.
Progress of sorts. “ea” = ExtendedAttributes or put another way metadata relating to, but stored outside of files themselves. It’s not a feature that’s specific to Synology it’s a common filesystem property.
So my question is - how does the Syncthing community handle them?
As it stands each file will have a corresponding “@ea” file associated with it, meaning double the number of files that get sync’d (albeit they’re tiny).
Is it just something I have to live with? It didn’t seem to surface with Resilio Sync afaicr.