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Re: Google Drive

From: Thomas Lord
Subject: Re: Google Drive
Date: Tue, 01 May 2012 10:14:25 -0700

Are there any free software packages that 
provide functionality like DropBox or GoogleDrive?
Are there any companies that sell the utility
service of hosting that software, with 
freedom-respecting terms of service and security
features such as optional encryption of stored

To me it seems like there *should*  be lots and lots
of small businesses doing that at a modest, fair
price mark-up.   And then lots of GNU software, including
Emacs, should support that functionality.


On Tue, 2012-05-01 at 10:02 -0700, chad wrote:
> On May 1, 2012, at 7:52 AM, Paul Michael Reilly wrote:
> > Has anyone started to add support to Emacs so that Google Drive can be 
> > treated as a usable directory?  Using dired on a development instance of 
> > Emacs 24 yields the error message: "Format specifier doesn't match argument 
> > type"
> > 
> > I have to confess that I love the concept of editing some files on my 
> > desktop computer at home, grab my laptop and head to lunch at some local 
> > spot with wifi and continue to work on my documents WITHOUT having to do 
> > anything special, like use Tramp or a source controlled environment or 
> > sshfs, etc.  Of course, one has be aware of privacy settings so that you 
> > either make the documents deliberately public, deliberately private or 
> > something in between. 
> I've been doing this for years with DropBox and no special effort, and I'm 
> surprised that it doesn't Just Work in this case.  I just set up Google Drive 
> and it seems to work fine (well, except that most of the documents in it are 
> useless inside emacs).
> Could you maybe give some more details or file a bug report?
> *Chad

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