I am answering my own question based on the comments from the kind
readers. Using the directions in the pages pointed to plus a few others, I have
devised a framework that is working fine after a few tweaks.
The Framework Summary
- Mount your Google Drive on Linux with
rsync to copy files and directories.
Framework Setup Details
google-drive-ocamlfuse so it will have access to your Google
account. In the terminal window and issue the command
google-drive-ocamlfuse. This command will open a browser window that
will either prompt you to log into your Google account or if you're
already logged in, ask you to allow
google-drive-ocamlfuse access to
your Google account. If you've not logged in, do so and then click
Allow. The next window will ask you to grant permission for both
gdfuse and OAuth2 Endpoint to access your Google account. Click Allow
again. The next browser screen will inform you to wait until the
authorization tokens have downloaded. When your terminal prompt
returns with the message, “Access token retrieved correctly”, you know the tokens have been downloaded, and you're ready
Mount your Google Drive. Create a directory (e.g. google-drive) to serve
as the mount point (in subsequent discussions we are going to term
this as either the source or destination directory, whichever
applicable for you). From the terminal, issue the command,
mkdir ~/google-drive, to create a new directory in your home directory. Issue
google-drive-ocamlfuse ~/google-drive to mount your Google
Drive to the google-drive directory.
At this point, you should see your Google Drive files/directories populate
in the google-drive directory. You can work with Google Drive as if it
were a local directory system.
When you want to unmount the google-drive directory, issue the command
fusermount -u ~/google-drive.
More on the previous steps can be found here.
- Now you can start copying your files and directories using any GUI or
command line methodology you like. But I found rsync to be especially
suited for the purpose. I found the following command suitable (and
optimized) for my case.
rsync -uvrt --progress --human-readable <source directory/>\
A Few Words about rsync
rsync is a fast and extraordinarily versatile file copying tool. It
can copy locally, to/from another host over any remote shell, or
to/from a remote rsync daemon. One of the important features of rsync is that it works on “delta transfer algorithm”, which means it will only sync or copy the changes from source to the destination instead of copying the whole file which ultimately reduce the amount of data sent over the network. Please see the man page for rsync or this page for
rsync can be stopped (terminated) anytime and rsync will resume from
that point at the next invocation. Please see this question (and answers) for other helpful hints.