Google Drive Synced for Ubuntu

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OK, so I’ve been finding myself using GDrive more and more but missing the sync capabilities as with DropBox and of course there is no Linux client/integration because why would anyone want to do that. Don’t you know Linux is used to bypass DRM and hack people and stuff!? OMG! I mean really the next thing will be cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!

So, after poking around grive seemed to be the most flexible, allow for actual sync and not be tied to a beta (see InSync beta program) and only free for that beta. That’s not really free in my mind and yes I’m arguing semantics; it’s my site, I can do that.

Steps:

  1. $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
  2. $ sudo apt-get update
  3. $ sudo apt-get install grive
  4. $ mkdir /home/[your home directory here]/gDrive
  5. $ cd $home/gDrive
  6. $ grive -a
  7. follow the prompt from Google to allow Grive to access and then copy the key and paste it as instructed

I personally don’t like having to execute manual things so I also added a Cron entry to sync every 15 minutes

  1. $ crontab -e
  2. */15 * * * * cd /home/[your home directory here]/gDrive && grive
  3. save/exit
  4. Done!

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