How do you guys do it with Owncloud (client)?

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Tue Aug 4 23:55:52 UTC 2015

On Sun, August 2, 2015 10:59 am, Christian Baer wrote:
> Hello everybody!
> Although the weather is great today around where I live (not a cloud in the
> sky), I have decided I want to get this working! I guess I have
> stubbornness
> issues. :-)
> I've been using OC for quite some time now (on shared hosting) and the
> for Windows (home) and Linux (work). As some of you may remember, a
> ago
> I bought a new computer and now I find myself almost exclusively using
> at home, which of course brought up the wish to use OC on FreeBSD.
> Fulfilling this wish has been pretty frustrating so far and quite
> I
> have no idea why I haven't found much more bitching about this on the
> Disclaimer: This is not me bitching! I am simply staggered by the fact that
> such a commonly used software doesn't have a flood of howtos and
> about it not working under FreeBSD on the client side.
> Anyways, moving on... :-)
> The official OwnCloud (Linux) Desktop Client does not (seem to) work
> FreeBSD. I haven't looked into this myself, but I am guessing this is a
> issue. I want to use the OC client on my fileserver (which runs FreeBSD
> my workstation), so I don't terribly mind that there is no GUI. A while
back I
> did some research and found out, that ocsync (some front-end to csync)
> the
> way to go under FreeBSD. Back then the almost utter lack of
> about ocsync put me off a bit, because I had more important things to do at
> the time and didn't want to spend that much time working this out.
> Today I thought, I'd spend half a day if needed and get this to work. So
> updated my ports to the current revision and look for ocsync - and it
> gone. Another piece of software I came accross was mirall, and
> whatdoyouknow?
> It's gone too! At first I thought this was some mistake and my update of
> ports tree had broken something. But there are no manpages for these on anymore either - which is a pretty sure sign that there is
> official support for them.
> What all this boils down to:
> I am pretty sure that some of you will be using FreeBSD on the desktop
> I am
> and there is a good chance that a subset of those will use OwnCloud. How do
> you do it? How did you set it up? Where did you get your
> information/documentation from?
> I am grateful for anything useful on this!

Just in case you didn't get your answers yet:

1. I have owncloud server on FreeBSD 9.3 (I know this is not what you
asked). Installed and updated through ports.

2. I have clients on a variety of systems: CentOS, Windows 7, MacOS
(10.10), Android, FreeBSD 10.1,...

On FreeBSD 10.1 client was installed using pkg:

pkg install owncloudclient

User of FreeBSD machine then executed the command


upon which in GUI panel he was prompted about server URL, username,
password and where user prefer to put stuff locally... Also, it was added
to Startup Applications of the user so the sync daemon is started for user
upon login (the user uses Mate, the same should happen for Gnome).

Did you try this route? What didn't work for you?


Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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