[clug] SparkleShare vs. Dropbox

Chris Barton chris at gredil.net
Sun Apr 14 18:22:47 MDT 2013

I set up an ownCloud (http://owncloud.org/) server about  a year ago. I
wanted Dropbox without the capacity limitations and the data under my
control. I've been very happy with it. I just checked then and don't
appear to have the additional SS overhead you mentioned. Runs SSH,
Linux, Windows, Android (although I don't use it mobile) lots of auth
options, lots of plugins (which I don't use).

To answer your question when I used DropBox I didn't notice any
significant storage overhead above the stored files. Just general config


On 15/04/2013 9:32 AM, Bob Edwards wrote:
> I have been using SparkleShare recently (http://sparkleshare.org), which
> is a "Dropbox replacement" built on all the goodness of git and ssh etc.
> (and you can easily run your own server, so complete control over your
> files etc. - also runs on Macs, 'doze and Linux - but not Android, yet).
> Anyway, being built on top of git, SparkleShare ends up using up to
> twice the disk space on each client as compared to just the files it
> is managing.
> Eg. I have about 1.5GB of PDFs in a shared "folder" on my client and
> git adds another 1.4GB for its compressed, cryptographically hashed
> "repository" of those files. On the server, it only stores the 1.4GB
> of git stuff, but on each other client that is syncing with my share,
> there is the same git "overhead".
> Anyway, I was wondering what disk space overheads Dropbox imposes. As
> I don't use Dropbox, I was wondering if someone on the list who does
> could let me know what extra disk space it might be using.
> Cheers,
> Bob Edwards.

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