Box.com is a file storage service, currently notable for providing 50 gb of free storage if you sign up with its Android client. (Or a few gb free otherwise.)
git-annex can use Box as a special remote. Recent versions of git-annex make this very easy to set up:
WEBDAV_USERNAMEemail@example.com WEBDAV_PASSWORD=xxxxxxx git annex initremote box.com type=webdav url=https://www.box.com/dav/git-annex chunksize=75mb firstname.lastname@example.org
Note the use of chunksize; Box has a 100 mb maximum file size, and this breaks up large files into chunks before that limit is reached.
old davfs2 method
This method is deprecated, but still documented here just in case. Note that the files stored using this method cannot reliably be retreived using the webdav special remote.
- First, install
the davfs2 program,
which can mount Box using WebDAV. On Debian, just
sudo apt-get install davfs2
- Allow users to mount davfs filesystems, by ensuring that
/sbin/mount.davfsis setuid root. On Debian, just
sudo dpkg-reconfigure davfs2
Add yourself to the davfs2 group.
sudo adduser $(whoami) davfs2
/etc/fstab, and add a line to mount Box using davfs.
sudo mkdir -p /media/box.com echo "https://www.box.com/dav/ /media/box.com davfs noauto,user 0 0" | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab
~/.davfs2/davfs2.confwith some important settings:
mkdir ~/.davfs2/ echo use_locks 0 > ~/.davfs2/davfs2.conf echo cache_size 1 >> ~/.davfs2/davfs2.conf echo delay_upload 0 >> ~/.davfs2/davfs2.conf
~/.davfs2/secrets. This file contains your Box.com login and password. Your login is probably the email address you signed up with.
echo "/media/box.com email@example.com mypassword" > ~/.davfs2/secrets chmod 600 ~/.davfs2/secrets
Now you should be able to mount Box, as a non-root user:
You need git-annex version 3.20120303 or newer, which adds support for chunking files larger than Box's 100 mb limit.
Create the special remote, in your git-annex repository. This example is non-encrypted; fill in your gpg key ID for a securely encrypted special remote!
git annex initremote box.com type=directory directory=/media/box.com chunksize=2mb encryption=none
Now git-annex can copy files to box.com, get files from it, etc, just like with any other special remote.
% git annex copy bigfile --to box.com bigfile (to box.com...) ok % git annex drop bigfile bigfile (checking box.com...) ok % git annex get bigfile bigfile (from box.com...) ok