csync CLI usage and mirall tuning

This post provides ad collates information regarding  the client components which is not provided as yet by ownCloud.

csync cli usage

The ownCloud csync version uses the same syntax as the original csync but with a differing url syntax/module.

1. create a folder/repository through the web interface that you will sync to
2. choose a local folder to sync to owncloud
3. sync with the following syntax:

csync <local_folder> ownclouds://user:password@www.server.co.za/owncloud/files/webdav.php/<remote_folder>

4. enter login credentials when requested, if not supplied in step 3 above
[ note to do: does anyone know how to provide credentials on the cli when the password includes non-std characters eg. @ and ! ? ]

csync cli usage is very useful when you need to automate syncing to ownCloud from the CLI. I’ve experienced some unusual behaviour though. On one occasion, syncing a local folder to a newly created ownCloud folder resulted in the local files being removed rather than synced to the oc folder.

In this case, you may want to use the –dry-run switch the first time to check what changes will be made.


The current mirall/csync combination uses time stamps ( correct? )  to determine if a file needs to be synced. This is called conflict resolution. See the [url]original csync documentation here[/url]. Currently this is done on a timer of 30 seconds ( correct? ). Mirall has had a timer config option added in the last release which allows this timer to be changed eg. sync check every 5 minutes instead of 30 seconds ).

[note to do: does anyone know the timer config value and in which file this is changed? ]

The mirall client under Linux now has the ability to use a filesystem notification mechanism such as inotify, to decide on sync changes. This is enabled using the -DINOTIFY switch when compiling mirall.

[note to do: does anyone know how and where the timer value is disabled and inotify option enabled? ]

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