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Pseudo-sync Safari Bookmarks on your own server
Authored by: alexclst on Mar 30, '11 08:16:31AM

By the looks of this hint (using ln -s in Terminal) you could use Dropbox as the shared storage location as well. This would directly provide security and easy access from multiple Macs without requiring server space of your own. I haven't tried this on Safari, but after swapping out a flash drive for Dropbox in a previous hint (http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100311031512470) I've now got user data of a few other programs syncing between Macs over Dropbox.



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Pseudo-sync Safari Bookmarks on your own server
Authored by: papplegate on Mar 30, '11 08:50:58AM

I'm surprised more people have not suggested this. A simple symbolic link link to your dropbox.
It works with 1Password just fine so why not go the extra step and use it with your bookmarks.



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Pseudo-sync Safari Bookmarks on your own server
Authored by: everkleer80 on Mar 30, '11 10:09:42AM

I use Dropbox for this. I use this not only for bookmarks, but mainly for my session and browsing history, since I often will visit a site and not bookmark it but then want to return to it a few days later, or just go to open the windows from my last session on my MacBook, when my last session was on my iMac.

Besides not requiring your own server, there are some other advantages to using Dropbox here. First, it eliminates the issue mentioned of network related slowdowns when quitting Safari, since with Dropbox you are still saving on the local machine. Also, I am not sure, but I would imagine you might run into errors if two machines tried to write to a file on your server at the same time; with Dropbox, you would still have the issue of which machine's data gets saved, but there wouldn't be any actual errors. A third advantage to Dropbox is that you will still be able to access/save your data when you don't have a network connection, and the data will simply be synced up to their servers when the connection is available again.



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Pseudo-sync Safari Bookmarks on your own server
Authored by: fulmar2 on Mar 30, '11 10:06:39PM

Thanks for the note. Indeed, I started this post with information that I had learned from other people who were using Dropbox. The reason I posted this hint was because I had some concerns about syncing my ~/Library/Safari folder with a server that other unknown people have access to... otherwise the Dropbox idea is a great one. Also, it doesn't seem that you can just sync the Bookmarks.plist file - it only works with the entire directory. What do you think about that: the privacy of your data on Dropbox? Their website says that it is encrypted, and that their employees cannot view the files that you upload... so maybe it is OK...



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