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Can FreeFileSync be included in debian.linuxmint.com ?

Postby Redsandro on Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:16 pm

I use this nice and easy file synchronizer called FreeFileSync a lot, both in Windows (work) and Ubuntu-based Mint. It is in the default Ubuntu repositories. There's also a OSX one. I don't need that, but it shows that this easy to use file synchronizer is multiplatform and promising.

But not only is it not available in LMDE (or Debian itself, for that matter), it's very hard (impossible?) to find a custom repository for it.

Wouldn't it be cool if this mainstream synchronizer was available in LMDE? Yes it would. 8)

What would be the best place for me to ask if someone in charge can make this happen?
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Re: Can FreeFileSync be included in debian.linuxmint.com ?

Postby Redsandro on Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:26 pm

I just donated $5,00 USD, maybe that helps. :)
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Re: Can FreeFileSync be included in debian.linuxmint.com ?

Postby Redsandro on Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:09 pm

I googled for a million years and it turns out Debian only has two users, and both don't care about FreeFileSync. They keep recommending eachother different solutions just so that no one has to package this for Debian.

On Launchpad they say a Debian package is available, but it's not.

I don't care about alternatives. I want FreeFileSync and I should be able to get it just as easy as I can on Ubuntu, Windows or OSX.
Until then, here is how you can curse in the church, as root:

  1. apt-add-repository ppa:freefilesync/ffs
    (This takes care of adding the key)
  2. sed -i 's/wheezy/lucid/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/freefilesync-ffs-wheezy.list
    (This changes non-existing debian-wheezy release to Ubuntu's lucid one, which is compatible with current wheezy, in the ppa source.)
  3. apt-get update && apt-get install freefilesync

Works! :mrgreen: for now...

Notes
  • The raring version is not available yet. The quantal version depends on Unity because Ubuntu, so you're probably gonna have to go for the Lucid one. Didn't test Maverick.
  • This will break sooner or later. As wheezy gets updated, lucid will remain lucid. Dependencies break.
  • Remember, when updating becomes a problem you're gonna have to remove this Ubuntu package so that it won't lock versions of dependencies.
  • apt-add-repository can only be executed as root. Not with sudo. It is available in the python-software-properties package.
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Re: Can FreeFileSync be included in debian.linuxmint.com ?

Postby Redsandro on Fri May 03, 2013 8:09 am

Thanks so much for the response. :|

Meanwhile, in other news :mrgreen: Zenju did start making Debian builds as of 5.15. But only for now. Consider it a popularity contest.

Unfortunately, these are .tar.gz archives. Someone still needs to make .deb packages out of them. :(
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Re: Can FreeFileSync be included in debian.linuxmint.com ?

Postby zerozero on Fri May 03, 2013 5:38 pm

Redsandro wrote:Someone still needs to make .deb packages out of them. :(

that would be ideal but you don't need it.
download the FreeFileSync_5.15_Debian_7.0_64-bit.tar.gz
extract it somewhere and run the FreeFileSync executable
zerozero@solydk ~/builds/freefilesync/FreeFileSync $ ls -lA
total 13744
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 52454 Apr 2 16:11 Changelog.txt
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 46 Jan 14 2010 Compare_Complete.wav
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 8242506 Apr 2 16:03 FreeFileSync
-rw-r--r-- 1 zerozero zerozero 6087 May 3 21:12 GlobalSettings.xml
drwxr-xr-x 4 zerozero zerozero 4096 May 3 21:10 Help
drwxr-xr-x 2 zerozero zerozero 4096 May 3 21:10 Languages
-rw-r--r-- 1 zerozero zerozero 1430 May 3 21:11 LastRun.ffs_gui
-rw-r--r-- 1 zerozero zerozero 187 May 3 21:13 LastRun.ffs_real
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 32472 Feb 25 14:15 License.txt
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 140 Nov 2 2011 Readme.txt
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 4975690 Apr 2 16:02 RealtimeSync
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 263950 Mar 12 12:02 Resources.zip
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 174 Apr 28 2012 styles.gtk_rc
-rwxr-xr-x 1 zerozero zerozero 460504 Oct 5 2012 Sync_Complete.wav

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Re: Can FreeFileSync be included in debian.linuxmint.com ?

Postby Redsandro on Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:58 am

Yes, that works. But we did invent computers to make out lives easier, right? ;)

I wanna click somewhere and have it automatically install and pop up in my apps menu when I type "Free".

Meanwhile, your solution is the only solution and we're gonna have to do that manually.
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Re: Can FreeFileSync be included in debian.linuxmint.com ?

Postby msbln on Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:19 am

@Redsandro

I'd love to see FreeFileSync appear in the repos of LMDE, too.
Would have been quicker than googling around to come here.

@zerozero

Thanks a lot.
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