Using OneDrive from Linux apps on Chromebook

I've just installed Linux on my Chromebook (using the standard Chrome OS tool in settings) and installed SoftMaker Free Office, which is running very well. But if I want to load and save to OneDrive (where all my worldly e-goods are kept) I have to save a file to the Linux partition, transfer it to the Chrome partition, then upload it to OneDrive, which makes it more of a ThreeDrives.

I thought maybe I could use RClone to allow FreeOffice to access OneDrive directly, so I downloaded RClone (v1.53.1 the .deb package for Intel/AMD 64bit) and Chrome OS happily installed that too. I went through the instructions on the Linux Uprising site and got as far as the part where it opens a window and asks you to authenticate OneDrive, at which point it opened a blank window, sat there for a while, and then Chrome told me it couldn't connect and I should try checking the proxy and firewall. Since its a standard Chromebook setup without any such settings, I'm wondering if the way Chrome OS works interferes with the way RClone works.

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)

rclone v1.53.1

  • os arch linux amd/64
  • go version : go1.15

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

Chrome OS Version 85.0.4183.108 (Official Build) (64-bit) with Linux (Beta) installed

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


I've something of a newbie to Linux (I've used Linux PCs but had friends in when there was anything complicated using the command line!) so I don't really know what to look for, or how to look for it. So if you say "Have you clommed the wibble?" I'll have no idea what you're talking about. :wink:

Anyway, this is my first post here, any help appreciated!

Do you have access to another computer? The great thing about rclone and the general setup is that the config files transfer just fine. So connect another computer to OneDrive and then copy the config to the new one. (OneDrive does seem to update the config quite often so they will fall out of sync but that's usually not the end of the world).

Let us know how it works once you get it set up!

Thanks, I'll give it a go and get back with the results. It occurs to me that I might be able to install a browser in Linux on the Chrome Book and it'll have the same effect as having another computer. :slight_smile:

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