As per this article, I am able to get nautilus integration with google drive and can manually copy files into google drive via the GUI, however I would like to be able to write a small shell script to do backups periodically via cron. I cannot seem to find where this is actually mounted?

Via nautilus I see it at google-drive://my.email@gmail.com/ however am a bit confused how this is actually connected/mounted so nautilus can see it and where I can cp files to?

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    Maybe Use ocamlfuse, and create a Local Folder to use....github.com/astrada/google-drive-ocamlfuse. The startup is not exactly right...Here's mine....@reboot sleep 30 && google-drive-ocamlfuse -o allow_other ~/google/ – EODCraft Staff Dec 1 '18 at 21:05
  • By Default, ocamlfuse is only available to root, so that is why -o allow_other is necessary. Authorization Step is Here...github.com/astrada/google-drive-ocamlfuse/wiki/Authorization – EODCraft Staff Dec 1 '18 at 21:12
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    Given that I can drag and drop files for syncing with nautilus, is there not a way to do this without using a third party application? Given that I am using Ubuntu 18.04 which has built in support via Setting -> Online Accounts -> Google – mgilbert Dec 2 '18 at 17:03
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    If it were a mounted filesystem, then you'd be able to see it. There is no mounted filesystem. That files app.... it just uses api calls to get a file listing, and show you some files in a window, then when you click on them or drag them etc, it copies that one file to wherever... Just like using the google drive web interface. – EODCraft Staff Dec 3 '18 at 13:45
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    Ahhh, okay thanks for clearing up the confusion @EODCraftStaff – mgilbert Dec 3 '18 at 14:05

Nautilus integration with google drive uses GVfs (abbreviation for GNOME Virtual file system). You can find GVfs mountpoints in:


where XXXX is the UID of your user.

In my computer, google drive mountpoint is on /run/user/1000/gvfs/....

You can find the list of GVfs mounted filesystems running the following command:

gvfs-mount --list -i

If you want copy Google Drive files using terminal, you must use the gvfs-copy command instead cp.

As despicted here, there are specific gvfs-... type commands to process files in remote locations.

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