I’ve been using SyncThing for years, and this issue keeps popping up and it’s getting on y nerves past the last straw.
I had a folder of pictures I was syncing to/from my PC and my phone. I created a folder on my PC with these pictures, added the folder to SyncThing on my PC, and set it to share to my phone. I also set it to “send/receive” mode in case I add or delete photos to that folder on my phone.
Here’s the part that ruined everything for me: I didn’t do any changes to folder anywhere, not on my PC nor on my phone. I go to bed, and wake up to find the entire contents of this folder completely clean. You know why?
SyncThing decided that my phone was the source of the folder - since it didn’t have anything in the folder on my phone, SyncThing decided to delete all my photos on my PC’s folder.
yes, I should’ve put a file versioning scheme on this folder and had a backup. But the fact that within minutes SyncThing wiped my folder entirely is not just bizarre, but completely insane. Why would it default to using my phone’s version of the folder as the source of truth on the first sync?
From now on I guess I’ll have two copies of all my folders, one for SyncThing to possibly destroy and another for backup, plus have file versioning on all the time from the start.