hosted business software for libraries

Thomas Bennett bennetttm at APPSTATE.EDU
Wed Oct 9 15:36:41 EDT 2013

If you only use WEB access for Google Drive then nothing below has any affect on WEB access only.

I recently had an issue with Google Drive while upgrading to a larger and SSD drive on my MAC Book, using Carbon Copy Clone [CCC].

  Unlike Dropbox and maybe others, Google Drive uses inodes instead of just directory paths which means essentially that you cannot just copy a google drive folder and have it synchronized automatically.  I had to (important) rename the original Google Drive folder and then reinstall Google Drive and then wait for it to synchronize over 5,000 files over about 24 hours, meaning I also had to go in to the menu and say retry the ones that failed. 

If you do not rename the original Google Drive folder you get duplicate files like myfile01, myfile01(1)m myfile02, myfile02(1), etc.  because they are different inodes.

I expect there might be other cases where this may cause a problem like copying files to another computer and then installing Google Drive.

This is from a discussion concerning Google Drive and CCC

"Google Drive keeps a database at /Users/yourname/Library/Application Support/Google/Drive/snapshot.db. This database records, among other things, the inode number of your Google Drive folder. File and folder inodes are physical addresses that indicate where within the filesystem a particular file resides."

I am not using Office 365 it is just next door, but Chris is using that office, my office is 366, really. ;-)


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On Oct 9, 2013, at 12:04 PM, Wright, Jen wrote:

> Are any of you currently using Google Drive or Office 365 in your library?  We have a Google Drive (not for profit) account that we can use for staff, but we also subscribe to Microsoft for our business suite (public and staff PCs).  We are currently testing out Google Drive to use as a collaboration tool, but are considering 365 as an option as well.
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> Jennifer Maguire-Wright
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> Free Library of Philadelphia
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