For a while now I've wanted to set up Syncthing to sync music and
schoolwork between my laptop and my desktop. Getting it up and running was as
sudo pacman -Syu syncthing on my two computers,
guide, and clicking a few buttons. Easy! The few bits of configuration I
did in the GUI are:
- Enabled password login
- Typed in my desktop's device ID
- Played around with the Default Folder to make sure that it was working
- Added the folders I wanted --
- Allowed my devices to share those folders with each other
And that's it. It started syncing.
I started and enabled the systemd service to have Syncthing start up automatically on my laptop, but it used a bit too much CPU for me to have it running all the time on my laptop.
Something else I noticed is that the firefox running the web GUI was eating up a lot of memory and CPU on my laptop -- much more so than Syncthing itself. Of course, the syncing happens fine without that happening, so that shouldn't be too big of a deal.
Next, I turned to syncing music with my Android phone. I installed Syncthing through [F-Droid][fdroid], and a few taps later, I was ready to go.
One problem is that my media library is very large -- more than 75GB.
But I really only want a subset of this available on my phone: my
favorite music. So, I created a Syncthing Folder of the subdirectory
Media/music/mine, which is much smaller:
$ j mine /home/sebastian/Media/music/mine $ dh 4.0K ./.stfolder 8.0K ./.thumbnails 39M ./The Seatbelts 49M ./Chali 2na 51M ./Valve Studio Orchestra 60M ./C2C 68M ./Tally Hall 95M ./Toby Fox 106M ./Lin-Manuel Miranda 119M ./Parov Stelar 172M ./Ghost 174M ./Charlotte Church 184M ./Hideki Naganuma 196M ./Gustav Holst 198M ./Queen 205M ./Spiralmouth 229M ./George Gershwin 258M ./Django Reinhardt 287M ./Camelot 390M ./Tchaikovsky 396M ./Yes 488M ./Lemaitre 496M ./ABBA 1.2G ./Caravan Palace 8.8G ./The Beatles 15G .
Hmm. The Beatles are still taking up a lot of space, because they are in FLAC. Anything else I can do about that?
$ cd The\ Beatles $ dh 182M ./Love 8.7G ./The Beatles - Stereo and Mono Box Sets + Extras [FLAC] 8.8G . $ cd The\ Beatles\ -\ Stereo\ and\ Mono\ Box\ Sets\ +\ Extras\ \[FLAC\]/ $ dh 2.0G ./Extras 2.5G ./The Beatles in Mono 4.3G ./The Beatles Stereo Box Set 8.7G .
I see. Well, I don't really need both the Mono and Stereo sets on my phone. Syncthing makes it simple to exlude a particular file or directory:
This is small enough to squeeze onto my phone's microSD card. I scan the
QR code of my desktop's device ID, and the devices pair. I check a box
Media/music/mine with my phone, and after accepting a popup
and telling Syncthing Android where to put the folder, it begins
I am very pleased with using Syncthing so far. I look forward to potentially using it to sync other data I have, like uncommitted code between my laptop and desktop, or photos between my phone and computers. Have you used Syncthing? I'd love to hear your experiences with it.
P.S.: After finishing this post, I noticed that three random music files were not syncing properly. I tried adding new files, checking for free space, restarting Syncthing on both my phone and my computer, but still, these particular files would not sync. I "solved" the problem by adding them to my list of files to ignore for syncing, since luckily these weren't particular important music files to me. But the issue does raises concern over the tool's reliability.