joe.j

The Easy Way to Install Resilio Sync in Linux Mint

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Hello everyone, I am new here.

I originally joined this forum to get help.  I am on Linux Mint and I was following this tutorial to install Resilio Sync...

Well, I am here to tell Linux Mint users not to follow that guide.  First of all, the guide was not written for beginners, and secondly, it is flawed.  When you reach the part to run the systemctl commands, those commands will fail every time.  Why?  Because there is no such thing as systemctl on your computer, or at least, that is what will happen to you if you are a Linux Mint user like me.  I literally wasted hours trying to figure out was was wrong and I definitely would not want the same thing to happen to someone else. >:(

Okay, now that I have given you the bad news, here’s the good news.  Just follow these YouTube videos and you’ll install Resilio Sync like a breeze...

Substitute Resilio Sync wherever the person says Bittorrent Sync and you’ll be good.  The sync interface is a bit different too, but nothing too hard to figure out.

I hope this helps somebody.
 

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Thanks for the guide; maintaining Sync on Mint is such a PITA I stopped using it on that platform. Just wasn't worth the effort for a PC I barely use anyway.

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No probs jdrch.

No offense, but Resilio Sync's own tutorial is flawed.  I created this thread in case others get stuck following that tutorial.

As for Mint, it's just the opposite for me.  I am a new Linux convert and I use Mint every day.

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I suspect part of the difficulty is different distros require different setup steps. It doesn't help that different distros also pull from different repositories, so even using the latter for distribution doesn't cover everyone. 

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@joe.j,

Sorry, but somehow I don't get it. Your instructions tell about just downloading a binary and launching it, while the faulted linked instruction talks about installing the package. Apart from instructing on installing the package we also give direct link to binaries , and a few explanations on who to manage it here 
what is your Linux mint? IIRC, only the latest 18th is shipped with systemd. So if you use and older one, then systemctl won't work. Does your Linux support systemd startup? And what error it gives every time? 
 

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@Helen,

I am on Linux Mint 17.3.  And yes, I see now how I come to be missing systemctl.  That said, I feel I need to point out some things:

  • Linux Mint 17.3 is supported until 2019, so it is still current.  It's not as though I am running an obsolete operating system.
  • The article which I made mention of makes absolutely no distinction as to whether it is applicable to Linux Mint 18 or to any other version for that matter.

With the above in mind, I am inclined to agree with jdrch's opinion, i.e. there are simply too many distros (and versions) to deal with in a single article.

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On 10/5/2016 at 7:01 PM, joe.j said:

Linux Mint 17.3 is supported until 2019, so it is still current.  It's not as though I am running an obsolete operating system.

:) I never said that you run a bad linux. I meant that you're using a linux version which is older than 18th and which does not have systemd implemented. 

On 10/5/2016 at 7:01 PM, joe.j said:

The article which I made mention of makes absolutely no distinction as to whether it is applicable to Linux Mint 18 or to any other version for that matter.

Well, the article says: 

Managing Sync
systemd
Enable sync service automatic startup as user rslsync:
sudo systemctl enable resilio-sync " 

which seems pretty straightforward referring to systemd startup, with instruction for others - sysvinit and upstart - given below. So if your disro does not support systemd, just don't follow the instruction for systemd. As you're both correctly noticing - we will never be able to mention all distros in the article 

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9 hours ago, Helen said:

which seems pretty straightforward referring to systemd startup, with instruction for others - sysvinit and upstart - given below. So if your disro does not support systemd, just don't follow the instruction for systemd.

That's the trouble.  You assume that all users would know about these things.  You don't take into consideration that users ranging from novices to experts are going to try to follow your instructions.  The experts won't have a problem, but what about the novices?

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