I started getting an error message using the old grive CLI (setup instructions for grive can be found here:

grive/libgrive/src/protocol/AuthAgent.cc(174): Throw in function long int gr::AuthAgent::CheckHttpResponse(long int, const string&, const gr::http::Header&)
Dynamic exception type: boost::exception_detail::clone_impl<gr::http::Error>
[gr::http::HttpResponseTag*] = 400
[gr::http::UrlTag*] = https://docs.google.com/feeds/default/private/full/-/folder?max-results=50&showroot=true
[gr::http::HeaderTag*] = Authorization: Bearer ya29.hAHax8Pg3f6Yvs3dOCUw7_Fds8JF65MFyKQ6-bqwlCgsCO63kCvlPmbi5MzvOhyR8xxmQ2x1fvdfSg
GData-Version: 3.0

I found the issue on the original project’s git page, and it seems that other people have had luck with another tool called drive (instead of grive). There is also a fork of the original project call grive2, but I wanted to try out drive.

Install drive on Mac OS X or Linux

Most of the instructions are laid out here. First let’s install go:

$ sudo port install go

Now let’s compile the package:

$ mkdir $HOME/go
$ export GOPATH=$HOME/go
$ go get github.com/odeke-em/drive/cmd/drive

After it’s done you will see the binary under here:

$ ls ~/go/bin/

You can just copy it to any standard location:

$ sudo cp ~/go/bin/drive /usr/local/bin/.

I followed similar steps on my Gentoo Laptop:

$ sudo emerge -av go
$ mkdir go
$ export GOPATH=$HOME/go
$ go get github.com/odeke-em/drive/cmd/drive
$ sudo cp go/bin/drive /usr/local/bin/.

For fedora or CentOS just run the following to install go:

$ sudo yum install golang

Sync Google Drive files using drive CLI

Most of the instructions are laid out here, but first create the directory to which you want to sync to:

$ mkdir gdrive
$ cd gdrive
$ drive init
Visit this URL to get an authorization code
Paste the authorization code: 4/KuddZ

Then you can pull your data with the following:

$ drive pull --hidden
+ /notes/BUILD_NOTES/aips/install.pl
+ /notes/BUILD_NOTES/aips/aips_war
+ /notes/BUILD_NOTES/aips/AIPS
Addition count 837 src: 6.82MB
Proceed with the changes? [Y/n]:y
7151948 / 7151948 [=============================================] 100.00 % 2m32

If you don’t want the prompt you can run the following:

$ drive pull --hidden --no-prompt

If you’ve modified a file and you want to push your changes you can run the following:

$ cd gdrive
$ drive push --hidden

Drive Usage

There are a bunch of commands, you can list them by just running the following (or check the git project page):

$ drive h
Usage: drive <command>

where <command> is one of:
  diff            compares local files with their remote equivalent
  move            move files/folders
  trash           moves files to trash
  unpub           revokes public access to a file
  init            initializes a directory and authenticates user
  help            Get help for a topic
  pub             publishes a file and prints its publicly available url
  quota           prints out information related to your quota space
  share           share files with specific emails giving the specified users specifies roles and permissions
  touch           updates a remote file's modification time to that currently on the server
  version         0.2.2
  delete          deletes the items permanently. This operation is irreversible
  copy            copy remote paths to a destination
  emptytrash      permanently cleans out your trash
  list            lists the contents of remote path
  pull            pulls remote changes from Google Drive
  push            push local changes to Google Drive
  stat            display information about a file
  unshare         revoke a user's access to a file
  about           print out information about your Google drive
  cp              copy remote paths to a destination
  features        returns information about the features of your drive
  ls              lists the contents of remote path
  mv              move files/folders
  rename          renames a file/folder
  untrash         restores files from trash to their original locations

drive <command> -h for subcommand help

And if you need help on a specific command you can run the following:

$ drive pull -h
Usage of drive pull:
  -exclude-ops="": exclude operations
  -export="": comma separated list of formats to export your docs + sheets files
  -export-dir="": directory to place exports
  -force=false: forces a pull even if no changes present
  -hidden=false: allows pulling of hidden paths
  -id=false: pull by id instead of path
  -ignore-checksum=true: avoids computation of checksums as a final check.
Use cases may include:
	* when you are low on bandwidth e.g SSHFS.
	* Are on a low power device
  -ignore-conflict=false: turns off the conflict resolution safety
  -ignore-name-clashes=false: ignore name clashes
  -matches=false: search by prefix
  -no-clobber=false: prevents overwriting of old content
  -no-prompt=false: shows no prompt before applying the pull action
  -piped=false: if true, read content from stdin
  -quiet=false: if set, do not log anything but errors
  -r=true: performs the pull action recursively

I like the quota flag:

$ drive quota
Name: Blah
Account type:	LIMITED
Bytes Used:	10117676             (9.65MB)
Bytes Free:	16096009684          (14.99GB)
Bytes InTrash:	0                    (0.00B)
Total Bytes:	16106127360          (15.00GB)

* Space used by Google Services *
Service                              Bytes
DRIVE                                9.61MB
GMAIL                                15.89MB
PHOTOS                               5.87MB
Space used by all Google Apps        31.41MB

I also like how you can download specific files:

$ drive pull photos/img001.png docs

Published by Karim Elatov

30 May 2015