I use Gramps almost daily and I am very satisfied with it. The only downside it has, in my opinion, is the fact that synchronising its database is fairly risky via Dropbox, s. here, or hassle-ish via USB stick.

Does someone use another program for the sole purpose of synchronising the xml (or gpkg) file exported from Gramps (v. 4.2.2.) on PC 1 (Linux) in order to import it to Gramps (v. 4.2.2.) on PC 2 (Win Vista)? If so, which one?

Does someone has day-to-day experience with Gramps and Dropbox-Sync on two computer? Is it really that dangerous?


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It can be dangerous. For example, on Linux, you might get an automatic update of the low-level BSDDB database library. This can make it so that you can no longer open the file on the other OS (or even under Linux for that matter). Good news: Gramps 5.0 (later this year) will allow you to use a real database server, or a better DB file (sqlite) so these worries should go away.

  • Sounds great, Doug! But how will the new database server function in Gramps 5.0? How can one sync the sqlite database? Looking forward to it already!
    – Til Hund
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 22:45
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    You won't need to sync it... they can both use the same file at the same time (I think that will work). Or you can use a real db server with both Windows and Linux connecting onto it.
    – Doug Blank
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 0:49
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    Awesome! Great job by the way for Gramps to you and the other developer!
    – Til Hund
    Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 5:31

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