Jeb Wilkins

Coding and climbing in Cumbria.

Sync Program for N800

I’ve got one of these funky N800 tablets which is very cool but one of the things it seems to lack is good file transfer support - if the file manager can access smb shares I’ve not found out how (I know, I know - its unix, we should all be using nfs but I don’t get on too well with nfs’s dumb approach to user ids and besides samba with cifs extensions works really well).

I don’t really want to be copying files around manually anyway, what I want is to create a dropbox (or dropboxes) which i can just put files in and my tablet will then sync with when the interface comes up. I haven’t found any nice tools out there to do this though rsync can obviously do the leg work, hence the thought is to create a nice simple gui app, maybe using the new ruby-hildon bindings, to implement just those functions needed for dropboxes to work. This would definately not be a catch-all rsync front end, just a simple focused program which can sync files up and down using rsync tunnelled through ssh. I’ve not got far yet, only compiled rsync for armel, since the ruby-hildon page appears to be blank but I’m sure there were some docs there a couple of weeks back so hopefully they’ll reappear.

Will have to see if I get any time to work on this in the coming weeks.