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5/1/11
Original Poster
nweintraut

Being informed as to what failed during a folder upload

Thanks for finally supporting uploading folders rather than just files.
However, the little dialog box tracking the progress of folder-uploading merely reports "(count:xyz succeeded and count:abc failed)" and all the attempts of clicking on the various hyperlinked fields does not result in finding out what actually failed (e.g. all you know is the count, not which one). This undermines the utility of folder-uploading as it either it all succeeded or... well who knows what... in my case I had 600 files, and obviously, cycling through each file to find the ones that failed is hardly what automation is about... easier to use Dropbox, S3, or the like.

In question format: How can one find out what "failed" during a folder-based upload?




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Bas Braams
5/1/11
Bas Braams
I don't believe that the GDocs interface supports this, and it is unfortunate. Also before the recent new folder upload capability, when one could only upload a flat collection, it was very difficult to find out which uploads failed. I think that a really useful facility would be the ability to upload in update mode to correct any failures [1].

5/2/11
Original Poster
nweintraut
Bas, Tnx. Yes I saw your posting. I would just be happy if Google would do something as unsophisticated as simply tag (perhaps by adding an extension such as .error to the end of the filename) so I could just know what failed. Obviously, most everyone else out there (e.g. such as the S3 Organizer plug-in on Mozilla, handle this matter as one would expect, so it's obviously doable even with just a browser) handles this cleanly and completely, whereas so far, it appears Google doesn't even avail the primordial information to begin with. Some one at Google, please ring in on this (and perhaps you should look outside and see how, say Amazon S3 / S3 Organizer effortlessly handle this before giving one of those "we just don't support it" answers).

Bas Braams
5/2/11
Bas Braams
Here is a related problem. Suppose that one is using GDocs to archive files, lets' say without conversion. To make it easy, assume that there is just a single collection involved on the GDocs side, and a single Unix directory on the home machine. Let's say we have a few thousand files in the collection or directory, and a few hundred of them have changed on the home machine. We want to upload those few hundred. On the Unix home machine we can identify which they are and we can place them in some temporary directory. So now we want to upload to our archive directory on GDocs all the files from that temporary directory on the Unix machine. That can be done, of course, but the new files do not replace the earlier copies on the GDocs system, they just live side by side, pairs of files having the same name but different creation dates. I do not know a convenient way to upload files and have them replace any existing files that have the same name. I also don't know how to clean up the situation after the upload, removing from each pair of same-name files the older one, except to do it by hand. For a few hundred files it is not tolerable to do it by hand, and if these few hundred files represent a small fraction of the entire archive, which may consume many GB and take many days to upload *in toto*, then one really wants to upload only the files that have changed and have them replace the earlier instances.
Teresa C.
5/3/11
Teresa C.
Hi all,

Thanks for posting here with your feedback - I appreciate it! A couple of notes: You are able to retry the failed files, and a failed file is likely due to the presence of empty directories or a file being too big to upload. Meanwhile, we're working on a better solution to inform you of specific failed files.

Teresa

5/3/11
Original Poster
nweintraut
Teresa,
Tnx for some feedback from Google. I specifically checked for empty directories so I know that wasn't the problem and I also (ignoring the insanity test of doing the same thing twice and expecting a different outcome) did try again with no difference; all of which, speaks to the essential issue/need, namely *some* feedback as to what is wrong beyond a count of successes and failures, which I gather and hope Google is doing to make Folder uploading a feature that is real.

ericrovve
6/5/11
ericrovve
It would be helpful if I knew why so many of my HTML files (for example) were rejected for upload. I was trying to upload a folder, not files. Would I have more success if I tried uploading a few files at a time?
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