I have a server running Fedora 34 server edition. I installed syncthing and it does not run unless I have a browser tab of cockpit open. Then my PC and the server connect and it begins syncing. I have no idea what is causing this problem. any advice would be greatly appreciated.
You probably used a systemd user service. Those are tied to a user being logged in which happens if you log into your machine using cockpit.
The solution is basically to switch from the user to a system service.
systemctl --user disable --now syncthing sudo systemctl enable --now syncthing@$USER
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