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Old 06-05-2021, 10:32 AM   #1
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Koreader/Nickel Shared Folders

I apologize if this is documented. I looked around and couldn't find an answer.

Is there a folder that the KOReader Dropbox plugin can sync books to, which is also visible to Nickle?

I have the "don't scan hidden folders" option turned on. I'd prefer to keep it on.

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Everything shoud be visible to Nickel unless you have a seriously twisty setup (i.e., a base library *inside* a hidden folder), but that would imply knowing what you were doing (which usually involved *not* letting Nickel see stuff), so, you wouldn't be here asking this question .

So, the most obvious answer is simply: Nickel doesn't rescan for new content outside of in-nickel USBMS sessions. But, NickelMenu allows you to do that on-demand instead, so, do that .
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Thanks very much. NickelMenu worked.

I thought Nickel would do a content refresh on reboot, but it doesn't
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Yeah, that confused me too when first switching from a Kindle, where the framework does do it on startup .
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I also added menu options to restart and shut down. It saves having to go into Koreader to do that

I believe Nickel Menu persists across firmware updates. Is there a way to add a menu option / command to reinstall Koreader after such an update? It'd be nice to get it running again without a computer.

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KOReader isn't affected by a Nickel update.
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Actually I've hit the reverse situation where books visible to Nickel were not found by KOreader. Those books were brought over to my Kobo via Dropbox synchronization. That directory is deep rooted in the directory tree, and is hidden from Kobo. Is there a way to make KOreader see that location?
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Actually I've hit the reverse situation where books visible to Nickel were not found by KOreader. Those books were brought over to my Kobo via Dropbox synchronization. That directory is deep rooted in the directory tree, and is hidden from Kobo. Is there a way to make KOreader see that location?
The file manager has an option to show hidden files. Enable it and navigate to your dropbox folder.
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KOReader isn't affected by a Nickel update.
You're right, of course. I believe that KFMon requires reinstallation. Is there a way to do that, or to launch KOReader without KFMon or with some other launcher that does persist?

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The file manager has an option to show hidden files. Enable it and navigate to your dropbox folder.
I understand that, but this will browse all the system directories too, not sure if that has some negative side effect on time of opening of the file manager, or on what is displayed.
Will be placing a symbolic link to the hidden location sufficient to bypass the issue?
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@mzel: Can't symlink, it's FAT32. I don't quite remember where Dropbox is sync'ed to, but if it's inside .kobo, we, err, blacklist that regardless of showing hidden files or not ^^.

I'll double-check on the Forma, because the stock Dropbox sync'ing is so meh' that I'll admit I hadn't thought of that when implementing the blacklist (the main goal was preventing getting lost in there, because DRM & thumbnails & nickel settings).

@jbenwell: The OCP ships example configs for switching to a plain NM setup.

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I'll double-check on the Forma, because the stock Dropbox sync'ing is so meh' that I'll admit I hadn't thought of that when implementing the blacklist (the main goal was preventing getting lost in there, because DRM & thumbnails & nickel settings).
And, of course, it's in .kobo/dropbox :/.

That's... annoying :/.

I can't really offer you a better solution that just manually patching out the .kobo blacklist: https://github.com/koreader/koreader...hooser.lua#L34

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And, of course, it's in .kobo/dropbox :/.

That's... annoying :/.

I can't really offer you a better solution that just manually patching out the .kobo blacklist: https://github.com/koreader/koreader...hooser.lua#L34
No problem, do I still need to allow the hidden dir scan in the options?
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@mzel: Yup (leading dot == hidden).
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@jbenwell: The OCP ships example configs for switching to a plain NM setup.

Thank you! That worked.

I bring my Kobo and no computer when I travel, and would prefer not to lose the ability to run KOReader if I manage to apply a firmware update.
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