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Old 05-03-2017, 02:18 AM   #1
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how do I install this file?


It's for https://www.freefilesync.org/download.php

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Old 05-03-2017, 02:31 AM   #2
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It's a compressed archive - you don't install it, but you can extract it's contents.
 
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:24 AM   #3
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It's an archive file containing the (portable) FreeFileSync files in a directory called FreeFileSync.

Right-click on the file and extract the archive to a directory of your choosing (I use ~/bin).

Then, all you need to do is run the FreeFileSync application in the directory (you can also create a desktop launcher if you want to).

For future updates to FreeFileSync, just do the same thing, overwriting the FreeFileSync directory (your configuration is kept elsewhere).
 
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:00 AM   #4
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but I'm not really sure if that works, because there can be unresolved dependencies (missing libraries).
 
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:08 AM   #5
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but I'm not really sure if that works, because there can be unresolved dependencies (missing libraries).
Works for me on Mint 18.1 without the need for additional dependencies, but you're right, we'll see how it works for Gregg given the packages he already has installed.

There's a getdeb repo version that's slightly out of date if the above doesn't work for OP.
 
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https://www.freefilesync.org/faq.php#installation ?
 
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:46 AM   #7
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It's a compressed archive - you don't install it, but you can extract it's contents.
Thanks descendant
 
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It's for (free file sync url)

(see screenshot)
Would not unison or similar file sync program be less of a bother?
 
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It's an archive file containing the (portable) FreeFileSync files in a directory called FreeFileSync.

Right-click on the file and extract the archive to a directory of your choosing (I use ~/bin).

Then, all you need to do is run the FreeFileSync application in the directory (you can also create a desktop launcher if you want to).

For future updates to FreeFileSync, just do the same thing, overwriting the FreeFileSync directory (your configuration is kept elsewhere).
Thanks hydrurga. Okay, so I extracted the file to /home/gregory/bin/ .

And I want the local, not the portable file. Is that the portable file I have?

I'm going to install it (just right click on FreeFileSync and choose 'execute,' right?) tonight on my home computer. I'll report back then.
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:53 AM   #10
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but I'm not really sure if that works, because there can be unresolved dependencies (missing libraries).
Thanks pan. I'll report back later how it goes.
 
Old 05-03-2017, 10:55 AM   #11
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:57 AM   #12
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Would not unison or similar file sync program be less of a bother?
Thanks sageb1. (Welcome to Linux Questions!) I checked into unison and it looked really good but pretty complicated. The FreeFileSync looks really easy. (I'm into simple and easy.)
 
Old 05-03-2017, 11:15 AM   #13
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Thanks hydrurga. Okay, so I extracted the file to /home/gregory/bin/ .

And I want the local, not the portable file. Is that the portable file I have?

I'm going to install it (just right click on FreeFileSync and choose 'execute,' right?) tonight on my home computer. I'll report back then.
Nothing gets past you, Gregg.

The installation notes linked to by another poster were in fact Windows installation notes.

The Linux version is run in the way I mentioned before (doing what you described will run the program, not install it). Technically the software can be described as "portable" (and I did so to simplify things) because it isn't installed, but those terms have a different meaning on Linux where, for example, the registry doesn't exist.

If you would prefer a version that won't be quite as up to date but is "installed" (placed in the usual system directories in Linux, recognised by the start menu, updateable through apt-get) then you can install the version maintained in the getdeb repo (which I can show you how to add to your repos). It's your call. I would recommend that you try the "portable" version first though (I can help you set up a launcher and add it to the start menu). FreeFileSync itself lets you know when a new version is available for you to download.
 
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:41 AM   #14
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Nothing gets past you, Gregg.
Ha ha HA! (Thanks for the laugh!)

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The installation notes linked to by another poster were in fact Windows installation notes.

The Linux version is run in the way I mentioned before (doing what you described will run the program, not install it). Technically the software can be described as "portable" (and I did so to simplify things) because it isn't installed, but those terms have a different meaning on Linux where, for example, the registry doesn't exist.

If you would prefer a version that won't be quite as up to date but is "installed" (placed in the usual system directories in Linux, recognised by the start menu, updateable through apt-get) then you can install the version maintained in the getdeb repo (which I can show you how to add to your repos). It's your call. I would recommend that you try the "portable" version first though (I can help you set up a launcher and add it to the start menu). FreeFileSync itself lets you know when a new version is available for you to download.
Yeah, I'll test it and see what I think. I had no idea it was so easy to run. In that Windows install instructions it did say the installed version was better. But whatever. So I'll get back to you. (Thanks for the offer (of the install stuff)).
 
  


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