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ROBox - Connecting Research Objects in your Dropbox

This is being developed as part of the Prototype 1 work in the Wf4Ever project.

It allows users to register their Dropbox accounts and have their folders of Research Objects sychronise with a Research Object repository.

How it Works

See the wiki page for Dropbox RO Connector (ROBox)

Check out the doc directory for some diagrams

Installation (for Production use)


  • Ruby 1.9.2 and development headers (ruby-dev)
  • MySQL 5 and development headers (mysql-dev)
  • Git 1.7+

Set up (not finished)

  • gem install bundler
  • git clone git://
  • bundle --deployment
  • Set up config/database.yml
  • Set up config/settings/custom.yml
  • rake db:setup
  • jammit
  • gem install passenger
  • Set up passenger in Apache
  • Set up application in Apache
  • ... more to come


Test the web server

rails server RAILS_ENV=production

Then open http://localhost:3000 in your browser

How to run the background sync jobs

First, run the background job worker:

ruby script/delayed_job start

This will run in the background until you stop it using:

ruby script/delayed_job stop

To then submit a fresh batch of sync jobs:

rake robox:sync_jobs


Follow the installation instructions above, except:

  • Do git clone instead.
  • Run bundle install instead of bundle --deployment.
  • Don't do the Passenger and Apache set up.

To run the tests

rake spec

To have tests running continually in the background


This will run the appropriate test(s) when file(s) are changed

To run a local development server

rails server

Then open http://localhost:3000 in your browser

To completely delete your database and create a fresh new one

rake db:drop && rake db:create && rake db:migrate && rake db:seed && rake db:test:prepare

To re-annotate Models with database schema info

annotate --position=before --show-migration --show-indexes

To re-annotate the Routes file with a list of routes

annotate --routes

To generate the diagrams in the doc folder

rake diagram:all

MUST have dot, neato and sed available on the command line

Useful development links