First use syntax please

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Attempted first run with this syntax doesn'tw ork, not that I understand the syntax:
rclone mount remote:path/to/files /path/to/local/mount

rclone mount rclone / path:/Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir allow-non-empty

the second "rclone" is my name for the Google Drive I am trying to work on; just was not clear what was being asked to be named at that first use point of install.

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)

mini@minis-mac-mini ~ % rclone version
rclone v1.54.1

  • os/arch: darwin/amd64
  • go version: go1.15.8

Which OS you are using and how many bits (eg Windows 7, 64 bit)

MacOSX 64 BIT Big Sur updated today. ver 11.2.3

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

Google Drive in this context.

The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

rclone mount rclone / path:/Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir allow-non-empty

The rclone config contents with secrets removed.

how do I find this? NOW FOUND with thanks for help (far) below. Ans was/is :
mini@minis-mac-mini / % rclone config file
Configuration file is stored at:

type = drive
scope = drive
token = {"access_token":"ya29.a0AfHDHWR-My0fIMtOmkmhtVfBzMedl01slzToNH-NzNNBBglFJ1P5dYDSvWhFdyP$```

#### A log from the command with the `-vv` flag  

mini@minis-mac-mini ~ % rclone -vv
2021/03/13 20:03:25 DEBUG : rclone: Version "v1.54.1" starting with parameters ["rclone" "-vv"]
rclone [flags]
rclone [command]

or do you mean run the command and add -vv to it?
which gets this:

mini@minis-mac-mini ~ % rclone mount rclone / path:/Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir allow-non-empty -vv
2021/03/13 20:04:50 DEBUG : rclone: Version "v1.54.1" starting with parameters ["rclone" "mount" "rclone" "/" "path:/Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir" "allow-non-empty" "-vv"]
rclone mount remote:path /path/to/mountpoint [flags]
mount, cmount
--allow-non-empty Allow mounting over a non-empty directory. Not supported on Windows.
--allow-other Allow access to other users. Not supported on Windows.
snip - removed extensive text not required, indeed redacted.
d 4 non flag arguments: ["rclone" "/" "path:/Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir" "allow-non-empty"]
mini@minis-mac-mini ~ %

Sorry but that's the best I can do at this point in my not-quite-yet-a-user experience
Edit later: I have attempted to tidy up this post based on my experience
so far over the last hour and thanks for your assistance so quickly and so aptly.


hello and welcome to the forum,

rclone mount rclone: /Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir --allow-non-empty

  • flags need one or two dashes, so this is the correct syntax.
    also, unless you are 100% sure, do not use that flag.

  • remotes needs a :, so the correct syntax is
    you can get a list of remotes using rclone listremotes

for local paths, the correct syntax is to use the path as is

I am now exploring the GUI I found, but that doesn't show the folder sizes, but really is all I was wanting - google carefully not making this easy.

thanks trying those now - the folder is dedicated for this purpose, hence overwrite is ok, assuming that is what it means?

what GUI?

about folder size, perhaps rclone ncdu rclone:

progress, thanks!
mini@minis-mac-mini ~ % rclone mount rclone: path:/Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir --allow-non-empty
2021/03/13 20:19:01 Fatal error: failed to mount FUSE fs: failed to retrieve mount path information: stat path:/Volumes/DataBackup/rclonedir: no such file or directory '''

copy and paste the command i shared.

this one:

brill, thanks rclone ncdu rclone: a nice cli list.

when i need a gui, i use

I'll take a look - not quite ready for cli just yet if there is a choice

that's a homebrew and ruby based thing I think.. is it. installing to see

how do I get a copy of the config?

'''mini@minis-mac-mini ~ % rclone config
Current remotes:

Name Type
==== ====
rclone drive

e) Edit existing remote
n) New remote
d) Delete remote
r) Rename remote
c) Copy remote
s) Set configuration password
q) Quit config
e/n/d/r/c/s/q> '''

Where is it? is it called config?

it is documented here
rclone config file

thanks so

''' [rclone]
type = drive
scope = drive
token = {"access_token":"ya29.a0AfHDHWR-My0fIMtOmkmhtVfBzMedl01slzToNH-NzNNBBglFJ1P5dYDSvWhFdyP$'''

I will edit in to my opening post to make it compliant with the support request, and good practice for me.


do you still have a problem?

No I don't and thank you very much for your quick and spot on assistance.
Just grasping how the syntax works is crucial so extra thanks for your patience with that.
I may be back of course :wink:


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