We closed last week talking about Insync, the best option for Google Drive currently on Linux , and yesterday we discovered another way of doing things, if not as complete, yes quite interesting : google-drive-ocamlfuse . Or, as we shall call it from now, GDFuse
In essence, Google Drive GDFuse rides like a directory on your system it were (more like a new hard drive, for quick understand and define it). Thanks to this invention can browse your file manager Google Drive, download and upload files simply copy, etc.. You can even open documents in read-only mode, though.
Here are the instructions to install GDFuse but please finish reading the article before you do anything . While it is a simple process and work, work, GDFuse is still under depruebas and problems can wait just around the corner, as you’ll see below.
The easiest way to test is GDFuse install 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 13.04 32/64-bit 64-bit versions for which the author has prepared binary. After downloading the package, make sure you have the necessary dependencies installed ( libcurl3-gnutls , libfuse2 and libsqlite3-0 ), unzip your home and launch the following command the console:
Installation on other distributions
In case you use another version of Ubuntu or distribution have to first install Ocaml and OPAM , programming language and package manager respectively, and the relevant units:
At first, the above are all the dependencies you need, use the distribution you use, and is more than likely to find all the repositories. So just a matter of downloading the package, unzip it to your home and launch the console:
came the moment of truth. Run in terminal:
see how to open a web page where you must give permission to the application to manage Google Drive. Once you accept, the answer will soon appear on the same terminal. Now create a folder of your choice and mount the system with the following command (remember: the Tab is your friend when it comes to auto refers):
finishing touches you can add the above phrase startup applications , that GDFuse from starting with the session, change the frequency with which updates its cache folder (by default, every 60 seconds) or the format in which converts documents (default ODF) by editing the file “ ~ / .gdfuse / default / config ” .Conclusions
This is not another client of Google Drive for Linux. This is a different way of using Google Drive on Linux, with its pros and cons. Obviously, the management files is much more comfortable to do it using a file browser that of a web browser (hence their names …) and more convenient is to copy a file in this terms.
Keep in mind, however, that a client to download your files using Disk and synchronizes when they have been edited or added, monitoring any changes steadily. With GDFuse, by contrast, is almost like browsing an FTP directory, everything is done in real time, which is a network usage more intense and more sluggish feeling.
turn GDFuse has to polish several aspects to be completely reliable. To me for now Google Drive does not recognize me upload documents through it, but when I download are fine … except for an image that has corrupted me . Document conversion also helped me. So care .
After trying both Insync as GDFuse, I have to say I prefer the excellent timing and characteristics of the first pending the second lime roughness. Honestly, I’d rather pay and enjoy of a repeat, excellent performance. Although GDFuse not left me indifferent, quite the opposite. We will have to keep track.