Resilio Sync on Chromebook (Linux 'Crostini' container)
Using Resilio Sync on Chromebook (using the ‘Crostini’ Linux container)
Resilio Sync is available on Chromebook as an Android app (via the Google Play Store), which is great, but:
for some reason, if I modify a synchronized file using a Linux application (running in the excellent Crostini Linux application container), the Resilio Sync app doesn’t seem to detect the change, and doesn’t propagate the changes to the other computers
the Android app does not have all the features, such as easily visible logs, as provided by the ‘web browser’ interface which operates on Linux/Windows computers.
‘Resilio Sync’ for Linux can be operated inside a Chromebook ‘Crostini’ container!
Details on the how to ‘start’/use Crostini can be found elsewhere.
Starting Resilio Sync on Crostini’s ‘Debian’ container can be found on Resilio Sync’s help pages.
- Add Resilio Sync repository
echo "deb http://linux-packages.resilio.com/resilio-sync/deb resilio-sync non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/resilio-sync.list
- Add Resilio Sync public key
curl -L https://linux-packages.resilio.com/resilio-sync/key.asc | sudo apt-key add
I myself used the instructions on Leon’s blog
wget -qO - https://linux-packages.resilio.com/resilio-sync/key.asc | sudo apt-key add -
- Update the repositories
sudo apt-get update
- Install Resilio Sync
sudo apt-get install -y resilio-sync
- Ensure that Resilio Sync is auto-started (at least when a container is started)
sudo systemctl enable resilio-sync
Sync’s web-interface is immediately accessible with the Chromebook’s
own ‘Chrome’ web-browser at
https://127.0.0.1:8888 (with an invalid certificate).
By default, the ‘Sync’ service is started by the
rslsync user. The
rslsync user is created
rslsync group. There will be a
/home/rslsync, which I think is the best place for synchronized
files (which will have the owner
rslsync.rslsync) to be placed. (The actual location
of synchronized files is determined when adding synchronized directories with
the web interface).
My ‘Crostini’ Linux user has a different name e.g.
How do I ensure that the ‘normal’ Linux user can read/write the synchronized files
which are in directories which have the
The Sync help web-pages suggest adding the
rslsync group to the
user etc. will help.
sudo usermod -aG frieda rslsync sudo usermod -aG rslsync frieda sudo chmod g+rw /home/rslsync
I didn’t find that was enough. What worked eventually for me was
adding user permissions to the
sudo setfacl -R -m "u:frieda:rwx" /home/rslsync