Linux Cloud Tools

Distributions can be downloaded here for Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, and Debian.

Please ensure you download the correct package for your distribution.

The packages come with source so if you are using 64 bit Linux the Apps will be compiled for 64 bit.

Once downloaded you should be able to install with your relevant linux package manager by double clicking on the download.

As part of the install process you will be asked to install LibFuse which is an open source library that we use to bind our Cloud API for the virtual drive. We also use other core Linux libraries so you may be asked to install these if they are not already installed. These libraries will be needed to be able to use Storage Made Easy for Linux.

3 Post Install

After install you will have new icons for the Storage Made Easy Virtual Drive and also for the Storage Made Easy Sync Center.

When launching the virtual drive client, you will be asked to specify:

  • Your Storage Made Easy username and login
  • A mount directory that must actually exist on your linux file system.

(The Linux convention is to use /mnt as the mount directory.)

Once this information has been entered you can click “Mount”.

Note: If you are copying a large amount of files using the drive the access to the directory you mounted may slow down so be aware of this.

Once the drive has been mounted you will see the SME icon in the taskbar.

The linux cloud Drive will now show on your desktop and you should be able to double click to access it.

You can navigate your files and folders from different clouds either by a GUI explorer tool or directly from the command line. Any files or folders that you drop into “My <cloud storage provider name>” will be uploaded / download to that storage provider. This makes changing storage providers as easy as changing directories.

Note that encrypted files are not shown from the Cloud Drive view. This is deliberate as there is no way at a drive level to ask the user for a password for the file.

The other Cloud Tool that is installed is the Linux Sync centre. Click the icon to launch the sync centre.

The Sync Centre is a sophisticated Desktop/Cloud synchronisation tool. It enables you to keep local files/folders in sync with files/folders stored on the Cloud. On first launch you will be asked if you want to sync with your underlying cloud. This is necessary to ensure the meta-data for your Cloud in the Storage Made Easy platform is up-to-date before initiating a sync (it is only not applicable if you are using the Storage Made Easy Cloud). If you are sure it is then you can click 'no' otherwise you should click 'yes'.

You can add files and folders to be Sync'd from your desktop to the cloud by clicking the “+” icon and mapping folders between the desktop and the cloud.

The Sync options are:

Sync All: Ensure all files/folders on desktop are the same as all/files and folder on Cloud and vice-versa

Sync Up: Only Sync files/folders from the desktop that do not exist on the Cloud. Ignore any files/folders on the cloud that do not exist on the desktop

Sync Down: Only Sync files/folders from the Cloud that do not exist on the desktop. Ignore any files/folders on the desktop that do not exist on the Cloud.

Clone Down: Create an exact replica of files/folders on the Cloud, on the desktop and delete any files/folders on the desktop within the sync directory structure that do not exists on the cloud.

Clone Up: Create an exact replica of files/folders on the desktop, on he Cloud, and delete any files/folders on the Cloud within the sync directory structure that do not exist on the desktop.

You should always be careful about using Clone Up and Clone down as files can be deleted as an exact clone of either the desktop or the Cloud is created with all files that exist but don't match being deleted.

After clicking to select files from the main sync centre you are able to choose which folders to select to sync.

On first sync you can see whether files will be synchronised up to the cloud or down to the desktop from the arrows direction.

When the sync is occurring you are shown the progress in the status bar.

Once the sync has completed you can see visually that there is files to sync as the arrows which define whether files are to be sync'd up or down turns to a square to represent an “in sync ” status

File Sizes:For certain providers we are unable to get the file size after the first cloud sync. This is because the Cloud Storage Providers either do not provide file sizes or they store files in internal formats so the file size is unknown. The Linux File System cannot handle zero file sizes so for files such as this they are given a special file type which is that of a web location or .webloc. These files, when you try and download or copy will launch a web browser and download the file. This will only happen once. On the first download the file size is known so the file is then accessible as normal from the Linux OS.

Icon Warning: If you are in icon view rather than list view the file organiser pulls down data to build the icons. This can take longer to view the file lists until this caching is done.

You could choose to use a file manager such as midnight commander to get around this. Please see this blog article for further details.

Headless Mode:If you require the use of the Apps from the command line ie. in headless mode then please read this blog article.

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