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Drive Synchronization in Linux (vs WebDav)

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Hi All,

Is there a drive sychronization client in Linux, similar to the OX Drive client in windows?

I know you can access Drive directly with WebDav but it is excruciatingly slow. To edit a simple .doc file takes almost double the time needed if the file was saved locally. I checked OX Drive for Linux but it seems they only provide the server-side app, not the client-side.

Thanks in advance.

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WebDav is excruciatingly slow. I can't Rsync with it! Linux needs a drive client.


https://rclone.org/webdav/ should work. I had issues syncing large files over webdav via dolphin and thunar.


But yeah, it does take a long time. I get "502 Bad Gateway" most of the time (across all clients on Linux). rclone at least does auto-retry. Note that that file below is 432M.

Just a problem for big files?

$ rclone -P copy ~/Fonts.tar.bz2 mb:Userstore/User/Backup/
2019-07-30 00:20:04 ERROR : Fonts.tar.bz2: Failed to copy: 502 Bad Gateway
2019-07-30 00:20:04 ERROR : Attempt 1/3 failed with 1 errors and: 502 Bad Gateway
2019-07-30 01:12:51 ERROR : Attempt 2/3 succeeded
Transferred:        6.352G / 6.352 GBytes, 100%, 697.690 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:                 0 / 0, -
Transferred:            1 / 1, 100%
Elapsed time:     2h39m6s


Hi all,

I'll give my experience here. I tried them all; rsync, rclone, thunar / gnome files, and davfs2. They all had issues with speed and large files (anything over 1 GB). Depending on what your need is, the best option is to mount it via davfs2 and set your config file to how Mailbox says to (https://kb.mailbox.org/display/BMBOKBEN/WebDav+for+Linux) and actually mount the disk. Full disclosure, I love mailbox service and use them exclusively for mail / calendar / contacts, but ended up using nextcloud through a rented server because of their drive service and my experience on linux. What I would suggest:

  • If you are only editing documents,text files, and small files, you can open the files remotely via (webdav) in libreoffice and some text editors, use the file browse
  • Mount the drive via davfs2 and get used to the caching / latency
  • Work locally and do periodic 2 way sync via unison

My 2 cents ...


Indeed. My plan is to sync as needed. It is only really on my primary workstation and via the web app, and it doesn't need to be fast because most files I play to store there are for backup only, like cold storage.

I would like it to be faster, but that's not a deal-breaker for me.