4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 15, 2006 8:33 AM by NickAvallone

    DW8 XP: Synchronization Stopped Working


      Reading through the forums, this seems to be a common problem, yet no one seems to know how to fix this. I'm hoping that someone has since figured out a solution and can help me.

      I'm using a fully updated version of DW 8.0.2 on XP. I'm developing to a Linux server (Red Hat) in my local time zone, not that it matters. The problem is that Dreamweaver simply stopped detecting any changed files on the server. To diagnose the problem I have done the following:

      • * PUT the entire site up to ensure everything is absolutely, positively synced
      • * Deleted all _notes folders on my local site (I looked for but did not find any corresponding _notes folders on the remote server)
      • * Deleted the DW cache file file for the site
      • * Tried both Secure FTP and Passive FTP
      • * Verified in a third-party FTP program that the timestamps on changed files do not match and that the remote version is older than the local version

        Despite this and my surgical attempts to make Dreamweaver detect changes, it still comes up with the "No Synchronization is Necessary" dialog whenever I try to sync.

        Any help folks could offer would be most appreciated.

        • 1. Re: DW8 XP: Synchronization Stopped Working
          I recently encountered the same problem using Dreamweaver MX 2004. It's possible that this is a server issue. I manage several websites using two different hosting companies. Synchronize never worked on one of the hosts while it (until recently) always did on the other.
          • 2. Re: DW8 XP: Synchronization Stopped Working
            bolin Level 1
            I have the same problem as you for the third time. The first time, I reinstalled Dreamweaver 8 and updated it again. I removed some extensions I had bought (blaming them). The second time, I was putting the files as a workaround until I found time to re-install. Then the Put quit working too. Suddenly, though, both problems cleared up. Now suddenly and with no know changes to DW8, the synchronization has stopped working again. This wonderfully easy, convenient web system is quickly becoming a PITA. I've never had the problem before DW8. There are no extensions installed. There seems to be something wrong in DW8.
            • 3. Re: DW8 XP: Synchronization Stopped Working
              nj_infidel Level 1
              I think I've found the solution.

              To restore functionality, delete your configuration files. They are usually found at C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Macromedia\Dreamweaver MX 2004. (<username> is your Windows username)

              Then open Dreamweaver and your site. You'll have to wait for the cache to be rebuilt, but your synchronize and put commands should work again.
              • 4. Re: DW8 XP: Synchronization Stopped Working
                DW MX 2004 here. I've recreated my site caches/configuration directory more times than I care to remember, yet still have problems synchronizing some sites. (e.g. I'm told I need to upload files that have not been changed nearly every time I do a site sync.) Yet other sites never give me a problem.

                My conclusion, which seems to jive with Bolin: it's all in the server configuration. My personal websites function fine, but the ones I maintain for corporate clients are a PitA.

                I'd advise Adobe to experiment with this feature, because it makes DW really frustrating to use in a professional capacity. Maybe some kind of automated file-lock/unlock to prevent the server from messing with our files?