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How do I install the owncloud sync client on PCLinxOS?
January 20, 2014 8:58 AM   Subscribe

Is there a sync client for PCLinxOS for owncloud? I could not find it in the Synaptic thing.

I want the sync client for the desktop, I do not want to install owncloud itself on my computer, since I already have that set up and can sync to it from my phone, my Windows 7 computer, etc.

I did search Synaptic and all that comes up with an owncloud search is owncloud itself, to install on the computer, which I do not want. I want the sync thingie.

I found this via the Wayback Machine, but it is only for setting up owncloud itself, not the sync client.

This page here says "If you want to build the sources instead, use this csync source and the mirall sources." I have no clue what that means or how to do it.

If I click on the "add respository for latest" link, I get to this page, and there are distributions listed here but none of them are the one I use. Would one of these work? If one would work, though, I have no clue how to get from here to there, since it does not seem to appear in the Synaptic search.

Would installing owncloud the whole thing work for my purposes here, just to sync things? That seems like it would not work.

Changing Linux distributions is not an option for me. This is the only one that works on this computer due to a video card issue. And I am already fond of it. Also I do not want to spend 2 hours wondering why the mouse buttons do not work/fixing the mouse buttons (I am left-handed and forgot, and then when I remembered, I spent an hour finding the mouse button options - I'm sure you see my problem with going outside Synaptic to install something...)

If I am stuck without, I can just continue using a USB drive to move stuff from one computer to the other. Or email. The computers are not more than 10 feet apart. :)
posted by AllieTessKipp to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
 
Don't know PCLinuxOS specifically, but the 'Synaptic' mention makes me think Debian based.
If I click on the "add respository for latest" link, I get to this page, and there are distributions listed here but none of them are the one I use. Would one of these work? If one would work, though, I have no clue how to get from here to there, since it does not seem to appear in the Synaptic search.
Click the Debian link and follow the instructions if you're a bit familiar with opening a root Termnal.... once you've cut-n-pasted the commands they list, the owncloud-client should show up in Synaptic.

If you wan't to do it another way, I think this should work... open Synaptic, chose from the menu: Settings - Repositories. Select the 'Other Software' tab and then 'Add' to add a new repository. This is what you want to put in the box that pops up:

deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:/ownCloud:/desktop/Debian_7.0/ /


Download the Authentication key (using `wget` from a Terminal or whatever):

wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/isv:ownCloud:desktop/Debian_7.0/Release.key

And from that Settings - Repository dialog, choose the 'Authentication' and 'Import Key File' and import that 'Release.key' that you just downloaded. Then you'll have to do a Reload in Synaptic and then 'owncloud-client' should show up.

If PCLinuxOS is based on Ubuntu, do about the same, but look under the Ubuntu instructions for the path to the repository and the key file.
posted by zengargoyle at 9:31 AM on January 20


Right here. Just add the Debian repository.
posted by fifthrider at 12:37 PM on January 20


I should add, now that I notice that zengargoyle already linked to the page, that you'll want to add the repository for Debian and not Ubuntu; PCLinuxOS is a rolling-release Debian-similar distribution. (Although, because of its somewhat unusual APT-RPM structure, it will possibly also work with the Fedora packages.)
posted by fifthrider at 12:41 PM on January 20


I don't believe PCLinuxOS is actually Debian-derived. It uses apt, but only with RPM packages, DEB packages will not work [citation]. This means a Debian repository will do you no good.

You could try using the RPMs available where fifthrider pointed you. The ones for CentOS, Fedora, OpenSUSE or SLE are all reasonable options.

Do not attempt to add any of those repositories, though—that won't work with apt-rpm. Instead, once you click eg: OpenSUSE, look for the "Grab binary packages directly" link at the bottom of the page, and grab the RPM files. You can try to install them at the command line with "sudo rpm -Uvh *.rpm", or something similar.
posted by vasi at 10:46 PM on January 20


Thanks, everyone. I tried what fifthrider and zengargoyle suggested but unfortunately those ideas did not work. I got various errors of does not exist, etc. I will try vasi's suggestion today when I get a minute.
posted by AllieTessKipp at 8:08 AM on January 21


I tried all the RPMs and none would install. I got errors about almost endless dependencies.

On the bright side, I now know how to install an RPM.

Even brighter, I now know what "install them at the command line" means. ;)
posted by AllieTessKipp at 11:13 PM on January 22


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