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*** BREAKING NEWS *** The new full featured BitTorrent Sync GUI for Linux has been released! If you want to switch or are a new user, you should look at this posting. In future btsync-user may be replaced by the new btsync-gui. BTSYNC PACKAGES FOR DEBIAN, UBUNTU AND OTHER DERIVED DISTRIBUTIONS If you are using Ubuntu, Debian, Raspian or other derived distributions based on Debian and you are searching for an easy way to deploy BitTorrent Sync on your systems, this topic is definitively for you. Here you will find information about a family of easy to install deb-packages that offers both a solution for the need of typical server/cloud operators as for interactive users. The desktop user packages are explicitly intended for desktop usage and provide a user experience similar to BitTorrent Sync on Windows or Mac OSX by still giving the user the possibility to customise his installation if he has special needs. The server packages offer full debconf-support for the automated creation and maintenance of an optional default configuration as well as the possibility to manually configure single or multiple BitTorrent Sync instances with highly customised configurations. This topic covers only the desktop user packages. If you are searching for the server packages, please look here. THESE PACKAGES ARE UNOFFICIAL AND NOT THE WORK OF BITTORRENT® INC. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE BITTORRENT® INC. SUPPORT WITH QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE USE OF THE PACKAGES. YOU WILL FIND COMPETENT HELP AND SUPPORT IN THIS THREAD INSTALLATION ON DEBIAN, UBUNTU, LINUX MINT, RASPBIAN OR OTHER DEBIAN DERIVATES The most easy and fast way to install the repository is to paste that at a terminal prompt: sh -c "$(curl -fsSL http://debian.yeasoft.net/add-btsync-repository.sh)"The script explains what it will do and then pauses before it does it asking for your permission. If you encounter any problems or prefer to do it manually, please look here.Now update the package index and install btsync by pasting that at a terminal prompt: `which sudo` apt-get update`which sudo` apt-get install btsync-userAfter the successful installation, you have to initially start BitTorrent Sync. You have different possibilities to do this:Log out and login again. Since BitTorrent Sync is started on logon, it will start automatically.Select BitTorrent Sync from the menu or Unity-LauncherStart it from the terminal prompt by issuing the command:btsync startUSAGE NOTES This package of BitTorrent Sync is explicitly intended for generic desktop usage and provide a user experience similar to BitTorrent Sync on Windows or Mac OSX: When the user logs in, an instance of BitTorrent Sync is automatically launched under the user's credentials and a tray applet is launched to show the status and manage the running instance. By default the user instance has an automatical created configuration file in ~/.config/btsync/btsync-auto.conf and keeps its internal data in the directory ~/.btsync A user specific desktop shortcut to the web UI is installed into the system. Since every user has it's web UI on a different port number, only the desktop shortcut or the indicator applet should be used to invoke the web UI. In order to give more freedom to the advanced user, there is also a possibility to launch BitTorrent Sync with a custom configuration file instead of the automatically created file: the startup routine of BitTorrent Sync checks, if there is a file named btsync-user.conf in the configuration directory ~/.config/btsync of the user. If this file is found, then it is used as configuration file. If not, BitTorrent Sync uses the automatically created default configuration file ~/.config/btsync/btsync-auto.conf that will be recreated on every restart. The most easy way to create a custom configuration file, is to create a copy of the automatically created configuration file and then to edit it according to your needs: cp ~/.config/btsync/btsync-auto.conf ~/.config/btsync/btsync-user.confnano -w ~/.config/btsync/btsync-user.confWhen you are ready with your modifications, you can restart BitTorrent Sync by executing: btsync restarton the command line.In addition to the desktop shortcuts and menu functions in the indicator applet, BitTorrent Sync can also be controlled from the command line using the tool btsync. The tool provides usage instructions by issuing the command: btsync -hMore comprehensive help can be found on the corresponding manpage: man btsyncCOMPATIBILITY The legacy desktop packages are available for the same architectures as released by BitTorrent Inc.: i386 Intel/AMD 32 Bitamd64 Intel/AMD 64 Bitarmel ARM EABIarmhf ARM hard floatpowerpc PowerPCSince the packages still have not been tested with KDE, LXDE, Cinnamon and Linux Mint, any related feedback is highly appreciated.BUG REPORTS, CONTRIBUTION AND SOURCES If you want to contribute to the development of the packages or if you are curious how this all works, you may find the current sources of the deployment scripts and packaging on GitHub under the following URL: https://github.com/tuxpoldo/btsync-deb The full source of the great indicator applet written by Mark Johnson, is also hosted on GitHub and can be found under the following URL: https://github.com/marxjohnson/btsyncindicator If you have experienced a reproducible issue that is related to the packaging and not to BitTorrent Sync itself you are strongly encouraged to open an issue on the project's GitHub Page. Issues related to the indicator should be reported on the indicator's GitHub page. Issues related to the native functionality of BitTorrent Sync should rather by creating a new topic or partecipating to an already existing topic in the BitTorrent Sync Forum.
I'll try to keep it short, if you're interested in packages for openSUSE, you can head over to the Open Build Service project to chose one of the RPM repositories or use software.opensuse.org if you need want it all automated. I'll likely either update this post or blog about it in more detail soon. I'll also have a look at what tuxpoldo has done since that looks really interesting. Thanks!
Nowadays we have installation packages for debianoid distributions, but I suppose that there is also a need for RPM packages (RHEL, Centos, Fedora, etc.). Since I have no experience in creating such packages, I would ask the community, if there is someone here able to make the same work I made for Debian/Ubuntu/Mint and willing to cooperate in creating these packages. From my part I can offer: The scripts and the concept of deployment Hosting space for the repositories in order to keep all together Any volunteer here?