Recently a new system has been added to people.fp.o, the ability to host yum repositories. It’s not an equivalent of Ubuntu’s PPA system by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s another useful facility to have available.

I’ve been testing this over the past few hours with a new package: SparkleShare. For those who’ve never heard of it before, this is essentially a little tray app that synchronises a local directory tree with one held on a remote server: you can think of this as being very similar to Ubuntu One, Dropbox, iFolder or similar. However, what’s interesting here is that this is built on top of git: so SparkleShare essentially automates the commit and pull/push process, handling it invisibly for you, while still giving you a pretty solid system underneath.

Now, SparkleShare isn’t really ready for Fedora itself yet – it’s still under a large amount of development, there are funky bugs in it now and then, and it’s likely going to change constantly. However, it’s also useful software already, and is something I want to try out on a number of my machines, so the new people-based repos were the obvious candidate.

If you want to try it too, you just need to enable my new SparkleShare repo:

Recently a new system has been added to people.fp.o, the ability to host yum repositories. It’s not an equivalent of Ubuntu’s PPA system by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s another useful facility to have available.

I’ve been testing this over the past few hours with a new package: SparkleShare. For those who’ve never heard of it before, this is essentially a little tray app that synchronises a local directory tree with one held on a remote server: you can think of this as being very similar to Ubuntu One, Dropbox, iFolder or similar. However, what’s interesting here is that this is built on top of git: so SparkleShare essentially automates the commit and pull/push process, handling it invisibly for you, while still giving you a pretty solid system underneath.

Now, SparkleShare isn’t really ready for Fedora itself yet – it’s still under a large amount of development, there are funky bugs in it now and then, and it’s likely going to change constantly. However, it’s also useful software already, and is something I want to try out on a number of my machines, so the new people-based repos were the obvious candidate.

If you want to try it too, you just need to enable my new SparkleShare repo:

sudo curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-sparkleshare.repo \
    http://repos.fedorapeople.org/repos/alexh/sparkleshare/fedora-sparkleshare.repo

And then you can “yum install sparkleshare”. Fedora 13 and i386 only right now – I’ll have x86_64 builds up later today, and I’m going to be doing Fedora 14/Rawhide as soon as I can get builders up for those two.