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Synce-gnomevfs Install on Ubuntu

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Ubuntu (Linux distribution)Windows Mobile

Yesterday I tried to install the latest version of synce in order to get Jem’s Dad’s Windows Mobile 6 phone to share files with Linux (Ubuntu “Ubuntu (Linux distribution)”) Gutsy Gibbon in this case). After managing to get the software installed, I have been very impressed with it, however actually installing it was a bit of a challenge, though the solution is quite simple and I share it with you now.

  1. Uninstall everything synce related before starting.
  2. Follow the Synce with Ubuntu instructions.
  3. pls should work at this time.
  4. Follow the SynceVfs instructions. Use ./configure –prefix=/usr make; sudo make install
  5. Heres the important bit: cp /usr/etc/gnome-vfs-2.0/modules/synce-module.conf /etc/gnome-vfs-2.0/modules/
  6. killall gnome-vfs-daemon

I think that you can do step 5 alternatively by adding –sysconfdir=/etc to your ./configure command in step 4, however I have not tested this.

Once this is done you should be able to just plug your phone (or other Windows Mobile device) in to the USB, and type synce:/// into Nautilus’ address bar. Simple!