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How to auto-update CNote, Simple CLI Note Taking Application, to Google Drive Cloud

Super simple command line note taking tool for tracking breadcrumb trail during application development…

CNote is a super-simple command line based Note taking application which we use to track changes, take notes before signing-off etc. during development. It can be used on all variants of Unix, Linux and Mac OS. It’s power lies in quickly taking notes as you are working, without interrupting your flow. The notes are searchable and stored in a viewable text file. You can download it from CNote – CLI Note Taking Application site or directly install it from command line with the following:

wget --no-check-certificate -q -O- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/angsuman/cnote/master/install.sh|bash -

CNotes is super-fast because it stores the notes locally, specifically in ~/.notes.

As we started piling up valuable notes you may start thinking what-if you machine crashes?

One simple solution is to create a symbolic link to it from DropBox managed folder. This ensures DropBox updates it in their cloud whenever new notes are added.

DropBox Nazi says: No DropBox for you!

Incidentally I use CentOS 5.1.x (latest update) on Desktop, which is not supported by DropBox. I also use Raspberry Pi, which also is not supported by DropBox.

Enter Google Drive to the rescue

I tried to make DropBox command line tool work but I found out that DropBox command line client will not work without full installation. This is not possible as CentOS 5.1.x and RaspBerry Pi are unsupported platforms.

Google Drive has a nice third-party command line tool called gdrive (download link) which is just right for my purpose. So instead of wasting more time trying to make DropBox work on RaspberryPi etc., I decided to use Google Drive cloud for backup. I used an unused Google Account for this purpose.

Get access to Google Drive

    • Open a browser and login to Google with the account you want to use.
      • Note: This may be done later too.
    • Upload ~/.notes to Google Drive for the first time:
      gdrive upload ~/.notes
      • This will provide an url which you have to open in your browser to allow gdrive to access files and directories in your Google Drive. After allowing you will be given a code which you will have to copy-paste in command line for the first upload to complete
      • After upload it prints a string (something like: 0B8qjyN8TMP9zSmRYQzhNTaBcdEFg) which is the ID of the file. Copy it. This magic key is the identity of your file on Google Drive.

Backup CNote in Google Drive

    • Now create a file named (for example) updateNoteonGDrive and open it in a text editor and paste the saved file ID.
      nohup ~/bin/gdrive update 0B8qjySampleIDQzhNTaBcdEFg ~/.notes >/dev/null 2>&1 &
  • Make this file executable with chmod:
    chmod 700 ~/bin/updateNoteonGDrive
  • Run it by hand to ensure that it properly updates your notes file in Google Drive.
  • Now open ~/.bashrc with a text editor and invoke this after saving your note like:
    n() {
            echo `date "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S"`'> '"$*" >> ~/.notes
            tail -1 ~/.notes
            updateNoteonGDrive
    }
  • This ensures every note is backed up in Google Drive. The backup process runs in the background so press Enter and continue with your work. Even if it fails because Internet is down, it will update when you write the next note.

Questions:

Barracuda’s Copy and CudaDrive online storage services will be discontinued on 1 May 2016

Last August, LaCie announced its Wuala service was to close in November 2015, and now Barracuda has announced its Copy and CudaDrive services will close on 1 May 2016.

Paying customers are no longer being charged, and all users have until that date to ensure they have copies of all their files in another location.

DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive have the lion’s share of the cloud storage mind-share and they are going strong.

DropBox client on Raspberry Pi

DropBox installer client can be installed from source on Raspberry Pi.

The client expects GUI with nautilus installed which is not available by default on Pi. The installation however succeeds.

You will need to install libnautilus-extension-dev and python-docutils:

apt-get install libnautilus-extension-dev and python-docutils

Then install using:

./configure;make;sudo make install

However the whole process is in vain as it cannot install the daemon (server) dropbox with:

dropbox start -i

In the end you get the dreaded:

Error: Platform not supported

Would you like a solution – would you like to use Dropbox on Raspberry Pi?

Drop me a comment below and I may be able to help.