Pre-packaged versions are available for some distributions.
The following instructions for compiling from the very latest “master branch” source and running grive in Linux Mint 13, which is based on Ubuntu 12.
I don't claim these are “correct” instructions – I haven't been a developer since 20 years ago. But I could not find good instructions anywhere, and it took me a while to figure this out. They worked for me, and I'm writing this hoping to save someone else the time. By all means, if you can make these instructions better, please do. The more people we get using this, the faster we can find bugs!
There are some folks out there doing the favor of building debian packages, which makes it even easier than the steps below, but these are not always kept up to date. Since this application is in such fast development (thank you!), here are the instructions to easily compile from the latest sources. Most of you already know how to do this via pure command line, so I'll just give (mostly) GUI based instructions for non dev types.
Open Software Manager and install the following packages:
If this is the first time you are doing this, use git to get the source code into a directory of your choice.
git clone git://github.com/Grive/grive.git
The source code will be in a subdirectory called “grive”. “cd” to that directory and then jump to step 4, to run “cmake”.
For subsequent updates, you'll “pull master” to get the latest source. “cd” to the subdirectory you used in the prior step, and cd to the grive subdirectory:
cd /path/to/yourGriveSourceCodeDir cd ./grive git pull origin master
Now that you are in the source code's “grive” subdirectory, at the prompt type:
At the prompt type:
I don't know whether it's possible not to, but for now the only way I know is to run the grive executable from your Google Drive directory.
You probably won't want to run grive from the directory it compiled in. The entire grive source tree in that directory would be uploaded to your google drive, and your google drive would be downloaded to your grive source directory.
So copy the grive executable file to the top level of your google drive directory.
cp ./grive/grive /home/you/yourGoogleDrive/
Since, grive is alpha software, you DEFINITELY want to keep a backup copy of your google directory.
I'm keeping two copies of the directory to compare manually to see what grive does.
Change to your google drive directory, and run grive:
cd /home/you/yourGoogleDrive/ ./grive -a
To sync, you must run the program manually (there is no “real-time watching” yet). At the prompt, type:
You can set up a cron job, if you want this done on a regular basis.
If you get a “crash” (bunch of error messages on the screen), you should run:
./grive -l log.txt
to create a file you can send to Nestal.
As the file will contain a log of the sync operation, you may want to edit the file first to remove personally sensitive information.
I like to see the differences with my backup copy of my google drive, to see what grive did.
I'm using jFileSync. It's has a nice GUI, but it's old (last build 2007). It runs great, but I think the java libraries it references don't run 100% with the latest libraries. For example, I can't resize the columns. But the core compare/copy functionality is working fine.
I would appreciate it if someone could point me to a more modern program.
You can also use the diff command with directories. At the command line:
diff -r dir1 dir2
Keep up with posts at https://plus.google.com/116411649000013553715/posts andhttps://github.com/grive/grive/issues for the latest info, especially news as to newly discovered bugs and when you need to download and build again!