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Add ignore file (name/extionsion) / folder functionality

Tired of synch errors for desktop.ini, something I don't have much control over. Should be able to tell OneDrive to ignore certain files / file types (support standard wildcards) or folders.

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    Neil Ryan shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Nick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely agree. No one needs it to be synchronised. So why let it be part of the equation.

      • Virgil Ierubino commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This absolutely needs to be added, and I don't see why it wouldn't frankly be trivial. It could even be done similarly to Git, e.g. a .syncignore file in a directory specifies files/folders/patterns that the sync client will ignore and not send to the cloud. This is essential for when you have folders in OneDrive which other programs read/write from, possibly leaving hundreds of temp files.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's mainly a pain, when your system defaults to hide such files in the directory. You loose a lot of time to find a way to delete such files which are absolutely irrelevant for a normal user.

      • Sunni Brock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At a bare minimum, stop trying to sync desktop.ini - I hate getting this error all the time after browsing a folder from two machines.

      • Jeff W. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add this feature. I want to keep all the files I use in one location. I would rather not move any files out of that directory just because OneDrive does not support or is restricted or is limited because of the characters used in the filename (which I do not want to change).

      • Megakoresh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is very good suggestion. There is no reason why I would have to configure every client on every machine to ignore explicit files if the whole point of OneDrive and cloud sync in general is to have a seamless experience. The file structure should be self-documenting. A gitingore-like method seems like the most sensible solution.

      • Bob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why does Microsoft ignore this "ignore" idea?
        The action "you can put your files out of onedrive folder" is not applicable, like I wanna skip index data of sublime or I wanna skip node_modules for my project, they all should be stayed within the folder of sublime or the project folder. There are 7 pages of comments on old idea page requesting this, won't you see? Or is this really hard to implement in some way?
        Right now I have to put an empty folder into the cloud, and choose not to sync this folder, then create a local one. It does work but onedrive will complain that there's been some conflict and it marks all the files in the local folder with a red cross, which is really annoying.
        Hope this idea will get through, although the votes seem to say that people have got upset and gave up on this one.

      • Ryan Ries commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes please! I like to store Visual Studio projects on OneDrive so I can work on them from multiple machines, but VS projects produce lots of temp and intermediary junk that isn't important to be synced, and causes sync errors to boot because of the high churn rate, VS locking the file, etc.

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