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#1 2013-02-27 07:16:22

jasonwryan
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BitTorrent Sync

Anyone else using this?

I have been running it for the last week instead of dropbox and it is, for an alpha release, doing a pretty good job of replacing that functionality across my machines.

A couple of areas where it could improve:

  • it needs some Linux love, it definitely seems that the attention has been paid to the other OSes at the expense of Linux (commercial reality)

  • bring on the command line tools, the web UI is basic (understandably), but managing folders from the command line would be great

  • symbolic links do not seem to work, which is a shame...


The only other concern I have at this point is whether or not it will be open sourced; it is currently distributed as a binary and there is no mention of a license, I will be keen to see under what terms it is eventually distributed.


Anyone else have any thoughts or hacks?


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#2 2013-02-27 08:02:38

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

the greatness of bittorrent is connecting to multible clients for multible peices of data for faster dl ul. if it is in a repository whats the diff? or how does this work?


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#3 2013-02-27 08:07:04

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

Sync is for encrypted p2p transfers bewteen selected directories on controlled machines:
http://blog.bittorrent.com/2013/01/24/t … pre-alpha/


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#4 2013-02-27 09:20:09

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

I've not used it, but I'm half keeping an eye on something to sync dirs across my private network.
If you want a dropbox replacement that's open source, have a look at seafile (again not used it yet) which is in the AUR.

Not only do they have a server you can sync to, they've made the server available so you can set your own up.
Not P2P though, unless you stick the server on every machine, which I would expect to be a hassle.


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#5 2013-02-27 10:31:44

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

skanky wrote:

If you want a dropbox replacement that's open source, have a look at seafile (again not used it yet) which is in the AUR.

I tried to install and set this up, but there were a *Ton* of dependencies, and I never could get it running. Seemed promising at first, though.

Otherwise....still waiting with interest for my bitorrent-sync invite...

Scott

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#6 2013-02-27 10:48:30

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

firecat53 wrote:
skanky wrote:

If you want a dropbox replacement that's open source, have a look at seafile (again not used it yet) which is in the AUR.

I tried to install and set this up, but there were a *Ton* of dependencies, and I never could get it running. Seemed promising at first, though.

Otherwise....still waiting with interest for my bitorrent-sync invite...

Scott

Interesting, thanks.


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#7 2013-02-27 17:15:25

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

Thanks skanky: I had a similar experience to Scott: I looked at the PKGBUILD and blanched smile


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#8 2013-04-25 21:47:06

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

New version released now that is is out of private trial.

Some improvements, including the ability to use your own secret and a link to the T&C (generic BitTorrent ones, ie., not open sourced).


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#9 2013-04-26 04:33:23

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

I am curious if this can be used to replace a very basic mirroring backup solution.

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#10 2013-04-26 04:50:40

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It could, but it synchs all peered machines, so you would want to be careful how you manage the backed up files...


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#11 2013-04-26 08:10:38

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Re: BitTorrent Sync

I would love to see an Open Source client too. So far it works like a charm.

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