Synchronize Tomboy Notes with Anything

Posted: November 9th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Ubuntu | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Synchronizing with Tomboy Notes using WebDev or SSH can be confusing and tricky. Thanks to Ubuntu 8.10’s (Intrepid Ibex) fancy GVFS feature, you can now easily synchronize with just about anything: SFTP (SSH), FTP, Windows Network, WebDav. This is perfect if you already have your own personal web server.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Places -> Connect to Server… and connect to the server of your choice. If you will be using this to back up other things, you may find it easiest to include the folder path. Be sure to make a bookmark.
  2. Go to your GVFS folder:
    Press Alt+F2 and enter the command “nautilus ~/.gvfs
  3. Browse to the location of your backup folder.
  4. Create a new folder called “tomboy”.
  5. Right click on your Tomboy icon, and click Preferences. Go to the Synchronization tab.
  6. Select “Local Folder” as your Service. Then, copy and paste the path from nautilus from into the Folder Path. Make sure that “/tomboy” is at the end of this path.
  7. Click “Save” and you are ready to start synchronizing!

The one downside of this is that you will have to be connected to Server any time you want to synchronize. To reconnect to your server, you can always click on the bookmark under Places -> Bookmarks.

6 Comments on “Synchronize Tomboy Notes with Anything”

  1. #1 Tomboy Notes on the Web and your iPhone · The Website Tailor said at 9:55 pm on December 28th, 2008:

    [...] Rather than using shell scripts to sync up, I suggest following the steps outlined in Synchronize Tomboy Notes with Anything. [...]

  2. #2 Nixblicker said at 5:16 am on February 17th, 2009:


    major drawback of this method is however, as experienced personally a couple of times already, that if you forget to connect your lets call it “virtual drive” beforehand and synchronize, all you local notes will get copied to this unmounted location and Tomboy sometimes gets confused big time about this, including deleting some notes etc. pp because of revision information in the manifest.xml files. I suggest you better do backups for your notes regularly and read thoroughly what he has done whilst syncing. For more verbosity i’d suggest starting TB from console.
    I try to stay synced with four different systems and its working fairly well, but sometimes this ends up in a very hard time, especially when you want to recover some of your lost information. Cheers, Nix

  3. #3 Nixblicker said at 5:24 am on February 17th, 2009:

    One comment to my previous post:

    Please don’t get me wrong – i love this tiny piece of software and its capabilities and would strongly suggest to have a look at it.
    But managing more than 160 Notes is sometimes a hassle.

    And one small to the author…

    As i remember right, this gvfs method was introduced already before, so i think also every Hardy and at least also Gutsy users might find your information useful…

    Regards, Nix

  4. #4 BastianBalthasarbux said at 7:48 pm on February 6th, 2010:

    in linuxmint 7 (ubuntu 9.04) the sync does not work this way for me, tomboy stops syncing with ‘Invalid handle to path /my/gvfs/path/tomboy/lock’.

  5. #5 le blog à Ollie » Tomboy sous Mac OS X et Ubuntu said at 5:57 pm on February 25th, 2010:

    [...] Tomboy offre une synchronisation locale (sur un dossier Dropbox par exemple) ou distante sur Ubuntu One. On peut détourner cette fonctionnalité sans trop de difficulté et définir un serveur de son choix comme cible de la synchronisation. [...]

  6. #6 RFID Reader said at 1:49 pm on April 16th, 2010:

    Good article Thank you so much

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