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This guide will show you how to install and configure rclone4pi (based off rclone) to archive your saved TeslaCam footage on one of a number of different remote storage services including Google Drive, S3 and Dropbox.

You must perform these steps after getting a shell on the Pi and before running the setup-teslacam script on the Pi.

Make sure to run all commands in these instructions in a single command shell as root. When you return to the Main Instructions continue running the commands there in this same shell. This is necessary because:

  • The archiveloop script runs as root and the rclone config is bound to the user running the config.
  • These commands define environment variables that the main setup scripts need.

Quick guide

These instructions will speed you through the process with good defaults. If you encounter an error, or you want to use a different config name than gdrive or a different folder name than TeslaCam, follow the detailed instuctions, below.

  1. Enter the root session if you haven't already:
    sudo -i
  2. Run these commands. Specify the config name gdrive when prompted for the config name.
    curl -L | bash
    rclone config
  3. Run these commands:
    export ARCHIVE_SYSTEM=rclone
    export RCLONE_DRIVE=gdrive
    export RCLONE_PATH=TeslaCam
    rclone mkdir "$RCLONE_DRIVE:$RCLONE_PATH"
    rclone lsd "$RCLONE_DRIVE":
  4. If you didn't encounter any error messages and you see the TeslaCam directory listed, stay in your sudo -i session and return to the Main Instructions.

Detailed instructions

Step 1: Install rclone4pi

  1. Enter a root session on your Pi (if you haven't already):
    sudo -i
  2. Run the following command to install rclone4pi:
    curl -L | bash
    Alternatively, you can install rclone4pi manually by following these [instructions] (

Step 2: Configure the archive

  1. Run this command to configure an archive:

    rclone config

    This will launch an interactive setup with a series of questions. It is recommended that you look at the documentation for your storage system by going to rclone and selecting your storage system from the pull down menu at the stop.

    It has been confirmed that this process works with Google Drive using these instructions. If you are using another storage system, please feel encouraged to create an "Issue" describing your challenges and/or your success.

    If you are using Google Drive it is important to set the correct scope. Carefully read the documentation on scopes on rclone as well as Google Drive. The drive.file scope is recommended.

    Important: During the rclone config process you will sepcify a name for the configuration. The rest of the document will assume the use of the name gdrive; replace this with your chosen configuration name.

  2. Run this command:

    export RCLONE_DRIVE="gdrive"

Step 3: Verify and create storage directory

  1. Run the following command to see the name of the remote drive you just created.
    rclone listremotes
    If you don't see the name there, something went wrong. Go back through the rclone config process.
  2. Run this command:
    rclone lsd "$RCLONE_DRIVE":
    You should not see any files listed. If you do then you did not set your scope correctly during the rclone config process.
  3. Choose the name of a folder to hold the archived clips. These instructions will assume you chose the name TeslaCam. Substitute the name you chose for this name. Run this command:
    export RCLONE_PATH="TeslaCam"
  4. Run the following command to create a folder which will hold the archived clips.
    rclone mkdir "$RCLONE_DRIVE:TeslaCam"
  5. Run this command again:
    rclone lsd "$RCLONE_DRIVE":

Confirm that the directory TeslaCam is present. If not, start over.

Step 4: Exports

Run this command to cause the setup processes which you'll resume in the main instructions to use rclone4pi:

export ARCHIVE_SYSTEM=rclone

Now stay in your sudo -i session and return to the section "Set up the USB storage functionality" in the main instructions.

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