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Selective Sync

With Selective Sync, Resilio Connect gives a flexible choice in downloading files on an agent. It lets selectively pick the files or subfolders that you need to sync right now, leaving all others as zero-sized placeholders until you actually need them. Once done with the downloaded files, you can revert them back to a placeholder releasing the storage. 

This is especially valuable for two good big reasons:

- you don't have to wait till all the files in the queue above the necessary one get synced. Once the tree of placeholders is build, you can jump to the wanted file and get it synced right away.

- it saves space on computer. Placeholders do not take as much space as the file itself, and you can un-sync the file if you don't need it anymore. The file becomes a placeholder and free space increases. 

Selective Sync has two permissions levels - Read-Only and Read-Write. 


There are two ways to enable it:

1) When creating a Synchronization job, on the step of creating an RW or RO group. 


2) When creating/editing a group:



Once a client gets Selective Sync access, a folder appears on it in accordance with Path Macros. Any files added to the same folder on other clients, appear on this one as .rsl~ placeholders: 

To get a file downloaded right-click on it and pick "Sync to this device" menu, or double click on a file.

NOTE: it's possible to select multiple files and sync them with context menu in one take. When a file is synced, the .rsl~ extension gets removed. 

IMPORTANT: at least one client with RW access to the folder and a copy of the requested files shall be online and connected. If there is no such client, then this one will have no where to download the client from!
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