Cloud Drives

Cloud Drives

Sync with Dropbox and Insync

Sync files from Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. Dropbox provides its own syncing software, while Google Drive and OneDrive can be synced with Insync. Notice that Insync is paid software, but the subscription is very reasonable.

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Sync With Dropbox

The Dropbox cloud drive software is preinstalled and you are prompted to connect on initial sign-in. If you do not wish to install, close the window after selecting do not show again. You may uninstall Dropbox using Discover. You may also adjust autostart using System Settings > Startup and Shutdown > Autostart. Delete the file ~/.config/autostart/insync.desktop if you want to permanently disable autostart. You may also close the prompt and attend to Dropbox on a future sign-in.

Sync With Google Drive and OneDrive

Sync With Google Drive and OneDrive

The Inysnc cloud drive software is preinstalled and you are prompted to connect after your first sign-in. If you do not wish to use Insync you may uninstall or disable as described in the Dropbox section.

There is a known Insync bug that can drain the battery and spin the cooling fans. It does not affect all Insync users but it does affect other computer models and OSes.

You can diagnosis this bug with KSysGuard. Click on the Process Table tab, click on the CPU% column, and then search for the insync process. The bug is present if you see one or more Insync processes appear at the top with 50-100% CPU usage while not syncing files.

Insync in KSysGuard

If you encounter this bug it takes just a few seconds to fix: right-click on the Insync icon in the system tray and select Quit. The fans and CPU should subside in a few seconds. If this step did not remove the Insync processes, you can select them in KSysGuard and press delete to stop them.

When you restart Insync the usage should remain below 5% after syncing is complete. You might also turned off Insync when you do not need need it. This will conserve battery, as will toggling the Performance Widget to Powersave.

Troubleshooting

Q: I have noticed that my account avatar in Insync does not match the one I set for my Google account. How can I fix this?

Click on the top-right (+) to add another Google Drive account. Enter in the address of the account you would like updated. After authorizing the account, Insnyc will update the avatar and then notify you that the account is already configured.

Q: I use Insync and have noticed that it can sometimes use 100% or more CPU and spin up the fans. This can't be good for performance or battery life. How can I improve this?

A: Please see the Insync section above which provides detailed instructions.

Q: I see the following error message when fetching software updates. This happens when using Discover or the command-line. How can I fix this?

#> ... #> W: An error occurred during the signature verification. The repository is not updated and the previous index files will be used. GPG error: http://apt.insync.io/ubuntu focal InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: EXPKEYSIG A684470CACCAF35C Insynchq Inc <services@insynchq.com> #> W: Failed to fetch http://apt.insync.io/ubuntu/dists/focal/InRelease The following signatures were invalid: EXPKEYSIG A684470CACCAF35C Insynchq Inc <services@insynchq.com> #> ...

A: This is due to expired key. This can be fixed as illustrated below.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys A684470CACCAF35C #> Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.1ycTtlkN0q/gpg.1.sh --keyserver #> keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys A684470CACCAF35C #> gpg: key A684470CACCAF35C: "Insynchq Inc <services@insynchq.com>" 1 new signature #> gpg: Total number processed: 1 #> gpg: new signatures: 1

You may replace the keyserver URL with hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 if you need to work around a firewall. After updating the key, the error should be eliminated.

Revisions

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Disclaimer

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