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Kalico
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Joined: 23 Jan 2019

Post by Kalico • 23 Jan 2019, 07:53

Some of you will laugh at me (or roll your eyes for this). Sorry in advance.

I'm running the latest of Ubuntu Linux and doing my best to move away from Microsoft Windows. Not always easy!

I've installed FreeFileSync from the Ubuntu Software Centre and it looks to be just the thing I need. However, it has installed only version 9.x.

The program has told me there is version 10.x which I have downloaded too and extracted from the Zip. But nowhere can I find instructions on how to easily install/update the program to the latest version.

There is only an article on tecmint.com but it seems overly complex.

Can anyone help please?

upboetendael
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Joined: 15 Feb 2017

Post by upboetendael • 11 Mar 2019, 13:34

Hi,
Quite simple:
  • download the Linux installation file
  • extract the content of this compressed file
  • this will create a folder called 'FreeFileSync'
  • in that folder just click 'run' on the executable FreeFileSync binary file.
You might want to move the FreeFileync folder to the /opt directory for better compliance with the Linux file structure rules. In that case, best is to add an applications menu item (with alacarte for example) for easier launch.
Good luck

bgstack15
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Joined: 7 Jan 2018

Post by bgstack15 • 11 Mar 2019, 19:00

I agree with upboetendael. Download the latest version from the main site for FreeFileSync.

Please read my comment on another thread. The bottom half of it is more relevant to you than the first, and explains how and where to make a .desktop file which is basically a menu shortcut to a program.

larry78723
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Joined: 14 Mar 2019

Post by larry78723 • 17 Mar 2019, 00:02

Here are the steps that I followed to install FreeFileSync:

Download FreeFileSync 10.3 archive from official site, extract it, create necessary shortcuts (.desktop-files), add to PATH variable, and enjoy:

# 1. Create ~/Software folder and download here
mkdir ~/Software
cd ~/Software
xdg-open https://freefilesync.org/download/FreeFileSync_10.3_Linux_64-bit.tar.gz
# save to ~/Software
# if it don't work - click on "Download FreeFileSync 10.3 Linux 64-bit"
#xdg-open https://freefilesync.org/download.php

# extract the program
tar -xf FreeFileSync_10.3_Linux_64-bit.tar.gz
cd FreeFileSync
# extract icons
unzip Resources.zip FreeFileSync.png RealTimeSync.png
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/
mv {FreeFileSync,RealTimeSync}.png ~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/

# 2. Create shortcuts for current user
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications/

cat > ~/.local/share/applications/freefilesync.desktop << EOF
[Desktop Entry]
Name=FreeFileSync
Comment=Keep files and folders synchronized
Exec=FreeFileSync %f
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Icon=FreeFileSync
MimeType=application/x-freefilesync-ffs;application/x-freefilesync-batch
Categories=Utility;FileTools;GTK;
StartupWMClass=FreeFileSync
StartupNotify=true
EOF

cat > ~/.local/share/applications/realtimesync.desktop << EOF
[Desktop Entry]
Name=RealtimeSync
Comment=Start synchronization in real time
Exec=RealTimeSync %f
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Icon=RealTimeSync
Categories=Utility;FileTools;GTK;
MimeType=application/x-freefilesync-real
StartupNotify=true
EOF

# add it to PATH
echo "PATH=$PATH:$HOME/Software/FreeFileSync" >> ~/.bashrc
echo "PATH=$PATH:$HOME/Software/FreeFileSync" >> ~/.profile
source ~/.bashrc
then logout, log-in again and you will be able to use both FreeFileSync and RealTimeSync.