Folder stopped syncing, trouble re-creating folder pair sync

I set up the folders I want to sync across two machines (both MX Linux operating system). It worked for a while then I noticed “Out of Sync” errors on the WebGUI. I need them to sync with each machine at a different location behind NAT firewalls, so I chose syncthing. Only one folder is giving me trouble at the moment that I know of, so I removed the folder(only on syncthing, no file deletions) from one side, stopped sharing on the other side and tried to reshare. I can’t seem to fix this share and get it to start working again, so I’d appreciate any help. Here’s what I get in the logs:

2024-02-14 05:10:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 05:10:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2a.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2a.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 05:10:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 05:10:23 "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv): Failed to sync 9 items
2024-02-14 05:10:23 Folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv) isn't making sync progress - retrying in 1h4m0s.
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "brscan-skey-0.3.2-0.amd64.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/brscan-skey-0.3.2-0.amd64.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2a.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2a.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1a.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1a.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "uninstaller_brscan-skey"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/uninstaller_brscan-skey: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "brscan4-0.4.11-1.amd64.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/brscan4-0.4.11-1.amd64.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "uninstaller_MFC7460DN"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/uninstaller_MFC7460DN: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "uninstaller_brscan4"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/uninstaller_brscan4: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 06:14:23 "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv): Failed to sync 9 items
2024-02-14 06:14:23 Folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv) isn't making sync progress - retrying in 1h4m0s.
2024-02-14 06:55:35 Joined relay relay://129.153.96.88:8080
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1a.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1a.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "uninstaller_brscan-skey"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/uninstaller_brscan-skey: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "uninstaller_brscan4"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/uninstaller_brscan4: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "uninstaller_MFC7460DN"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/uninstaller_MFC7460DN: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "brscan-skey-0.3.2-0.amd64.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/brscan-skey-0.3.2-0.amd64.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "brscan4-0.4.11-1.amd64.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/brscan4-0.4.11-1.amd64.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2a.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/cupswrapperMFC7460DN-2.0.4-2a.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Puller (folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv), item "mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb"): syncing: shortcut file (setting permissions): chmod /home/networkr/Downloads/mfc7460dnlpr-2.1.0-1.i386.deb: operation not permitted
2024-02-14 07:18:24 "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv): Failed to sync 9 items
2024-02-14 07:18:24 Folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv) isn't making sync progress - retrying in 1h4m0s.
2024-02-14 07:56:06 Device C2R2GHO folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv) has mismatching index ID for us (0xC24DC8012614209D != 0x0000000000000000)
2024-02-14 07:56:06 Device C2R2GHO folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv) has a new index ID (0xF74E05FEFDE3A824)
2024-02-14 07:56:06 Unexpected folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv) sent from device "C2R2GHO-7ZY4PRN-WSKFBSX-HMMA7PU-7G7GFQG-KEU6QGY-IMPO3YK-VJKDGQY"; ensure that the folder exists and that this device is selected under "Share With" in the folder configuration.
2024-02-14 07:56:21 Adding folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv)
2024-02-14 07:56:21 Ready to synchronize "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv) (sendreceive)
2024-02-14 07:56:21 Failed initial scan of sendreceive folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv)
2024-02-14 07:56:21 Error on folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv): folder marker missing (this indicates potential data loss, search docs/forum to get information about how to proceed)

How was Syncthing installed and how is it started?

I start it in KDE Autostart, and if for some reason it’s not started, I use GUI to restart daemon and get this error:

 2024-02-14 17:59:42: Error on folder "Downloads" (vtkzd-qzlrv): folder marker missing (this indicates potential data loss, search docs/forum to get information about how to proceed) 

That particular error message is part of Syncthing’s collection of data safety features. It’s designed to reduce the chances of a user inadvertently wiping out their files.

Syncthing is checking for the existence of /home/networkr/Downloads/.stfolder. The safest solution is to remove the Syncthing folder (e.g. via Syncthing’s web GUI) and re-add it again (Syncthing will recreate its marker folder).

According to the log entries you posted earlier, you’ve also got a permissions issue with your /home/networkr/Downloads directory. It’s the reason why I asked how Syncthing was installed and how it’s being started because it can complicate managing permissions.

This topic was automatically closed 30 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.